|Scientific Name||Fratercula cirrhata|
Tufted Puffin Description
- The tufted puffin is mainly recognized by its red bill and yellow tufts.
- They have comparatively short wings because the birds dive underwater to capture prey.
- Tufted Puffins become active at their nest colonies during the day and are often seen sitting upright on rocks.
- Puffins are able to carry 5 to 20 fish back to their nest at a time.
- They are thought to beat their wings 300-400 times a minute.
Size & Weight
- TOTAL LENGTH: 35 cm (14 in)
- WEIGHT: 1.6 lbs
British Columbia, southeastern Alaska, Aleutian Islands, Kuril Islands, Sea of Okhotsk
Fish, squid, invertebrates, crabs, octopuses, zooplankton, jellyfish, capelin, sand lance, saury, rockfish, sea urchins
40 and 55 days
40 – 42 days
64 kph (40 mph)
Snowy owls, peregrine falcons, Arctic fox, bald eagles, gulls, raven