Living Bird Magazine
Tufted PuffinFratercula cirrhata
- ORDER: Charadriiformes
- FAMILY: Alcidae
The Tufted Puffin is a seabird of the open waters, islands, and coastal cliffs of the north Pacific. It is larger than other puffin species and distinctive in appearance, with a bold white "face-mask" and golden head plumes in the breeding season.More ID Info
- Frailecillo Coletudo (Spanish)
- Macareux huppé (French)
- Cool Facts
- The Tufted Puffin nests mostly in deep burrows that it digs into cliff edges and slopes. These burrows can be more than 1.5 meters (5 feet) deep.
- The Tufted Puffin can capture and hold multiple small fish crosswise in its bill, routinely 5 to 20 fish at a time, for delivery to chicks at the nest. Adults eat their own food while still under water.
- The oldest recorded Tufted Puffin was at least 6 years old when it was found in Alaska, the same state where it had been banded.