Fratercula


Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Medical, Wikipedia.
Related to Fratercula: Atlantic puffin

Fratercula

 

a genus of birds of the family Alcidae. The body is 30–35 cm long with a weight of 450–500 g. The tall, brightly colored bill is highly compressed. The back is black, and the lower part of the body white; the feet are orange-red. Fratercula walk, fly, swim, and dive well. Their diet consists of small fish and marine invertebrates. The birds nest in groups or colonies along steep seacoasts; a single egg is deposited in a deep burrow dug in soft ground, under rocks, or in cliff crevices. The nestling is covered with a long, soft, dense down; it leaves the nest completely feathered. F. arctica inhabits the North Atlantic eastward to Novaia Zemlia; F. corniculata inhabits the northern Pacific coasts.

References in periodicals archive ?
The food, growth and fledging succes of Norwegian Puffin chicks Fratercula arctica in 1980-1983.
Chick growth, fledging periods and adult mass loss of Atlantic Puffins Fratercula artica during years of prolonged food stress.
Breeding performance of Puffins Fratercula arctica in relation to nest density, laying date, and year.
Food supply as a determinant of reproduction and population development in Norwegian Puffins Fratercula arctica.
Chick growth, fledging periods, and adult mass loss of Atlantic Puffin Fratercula arctica during years of prolonged food stress.
Breeding Atlantic puffins, Fratercula arctica, and other bird species of Coburg Island, Nunavut.
Tufted Puffins Fratercula cirrhata: Tufted puffins began to arrive at their colonies during the second half of May, about one week earlier than horned puffins.