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Tufted Puffin (Fratercula cirrhata)
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Tufted Puffin (Fratercula cirrhata)

General Description: Tufted Puffins (Fratercula cirrhata) are plump seabirds that are the northern hemisphere counterpart to penguins. Adult Tufted Puffins are black overall with thick necks, massive orange bills, and orange feet. In summer, adults get a white face, yellow on the bill, and long tufts of yellow feathers that fall onto the neck. In winter, they loose the tufts and fancy colors.

Taxonomy: Charadriiformes, Alcidae.

Favored Habitat: Tufted Puffins are birds of the open Pacific Ocean and coastal areas.

Where to Find: Don't look for Tufted Puffins around Las Vegas. Rather, look for them along the Pacific coast from northern California north to Alaska.

Tufted Puffin (Fratercula cirrhata)

Comments: These birds are interesting in that they live on the open ocean, but return to land and nest on rocky cliffs and islands.

Tufted Puffin (Fratercula cirrhata) Tufted Puffins (left with orange bills) and Common Murre at a nesting colony.
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Tufted Puffin (Fratercula cirrhata)
Two puffins (white arrows) at entrance to nest burrows
Tufted Puffin (Fratercula cirrhata)
Tufted Puffin at a nesting colony
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Tufted Puffin (Fratercula cirrhata) Tufted Puffin (Fratercula cirrhata)
Tufted Puffin (Fratercula cirrhata)
Tufted Puffin in flight
Tufted Puffin (Fratercula cirrhata)
Tufted Puffin carrying fish
Note: All distances, elevations, and other facts are approximate.
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