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Tufted Puffin


Tufted Puffin
Habitat

Tufted Puffins typically select islands or cliffs that are relatively inaccessible to predators, close to productive waters, and high enough that they can take to the air successfully. Ideal habitat is steep but with a relatively soft soil substrate and grass for the creation of burrows.

Wild Diet

Tufted Puffins typically select islands or cliffs that are relatively inaccessible to predators, close to productive waters, and high enough that they can take to the air successfully. Ideal habitat is steep but with a relatively soft soil substrate and grass for the creation of burrows.

Behaviour

They spend the majority of their lives at sea, returning to land only for breeding. Thought to be monogamous, they may return to the same nest each year.

Breeding

Puffins nest in large colonies on seaside and island cliffs, usually laying only one egg in a burrow dug 1-2m. Male and female Tufted puffins grow long yellow tufts either side of their head, as well as developing white eye patches and a green bill during their breeding season. Courtship occurs through sky pointing, strutting, and billing.

Threats

Hunting and lack of food.

Conservation

They are not considered endangered, but numbers are much lower today than they once were.

INFORMATION

  • Latin Name: Fratercula cirrhata
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