Behind The Stunning Photo Of A Puffin Gorging On Fish loading...
Behind The Stunning Photo Of A Puffin Gorging On Fish
Discover the story behind this 2017 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year entry.
Adorable Puffins Are Tougher Than They Look loading...
Adorable Puffins Are Tougher Than They Look
Atlantic puffins spend eight months of the year on the open ocean, but until now, where they went each winter was a mystery.
About Puffin

Atlantic puffins have penguin-like colouring but they sport a colourful beak that has led some to dub them the "sea parrot." The beak fades to a drab gray during the winter and blooms with color again in the spring—suggesting that it may be attractive to potential mates.

These birds live most of their lives at sea, resting on the waves when not swimming. They are excellent swimmers that use their wings to stroke underwater with a flying motion. They steer with rudderlike webbed feet and can dive to depths of 200 feet (61 metres), though they usually stay underwater for only 20 or 30 seconds. Puffins typically hunt small fish like herring or sand eels.

Fast Facts 

Status: Vulnerable

Type: Bird

Diet: Carnivore

Average life span in the wild: 20 years or more

Size: 10 in (25 cm)

Weight: 17.5 oz (500 g)

Group name: Colony


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