Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Aves
Order Charadriiformes
Family Alcidae
Genus Fratercula
Species F. cirrhata
Scientific Name Fratercula cirrhata

Other Names

Crested puffin

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


Island, cliff


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


1 egg

Fledging Period

40 and 55 days

Incubation Period

40 – 42 days


64 kph (40 mph)


Snowy owls, peregrine falcons, Arctic fox, bald eagles, gulls, raven


Growling, errrr

Conservation Status

Least Concern