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common name for a diving bird of the family Alcidae (aukauk
, common name for a member of the family Alcidae (alcid family), swimming and diving birds of the N Atlantic and Pacific, which includes the guillemots and puffins. Their legs are set far back on their bodies, making them clumsy on land, where they seldom venture except to
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 family). Its large, triangular bill, brilliantly colored in yellow, blue, and vermilion, is adapted to carrying several fish at one time; it also gives the puffin its alternate name of sea parrot. During the mating season horny excrescences may develop over the eyes. Puffins have dumpy bodies, short legs set far back, and small wings; although expert swimmers, they are clumsy on land and in flight. They nest in colonies in burrows or rock cavities on northern islands and migrate regularly—the Atlantic puffin, Fratercula arctica, as far south as Long Island and the Pacific puffin, Lunda cirrhata, to California. The female lays a single egg, which is incubated mainly by the female. The chick is fed fish by both parents, and is abruptly deserted after 6 weeks. The adolescent puffin stays alone for another week, and then leaves the burrow alone. Puffins are classified in the phylum ChordataChordata
, phylum of animals having a notochord, or dorsal stiffening rod, as the chief internal skeletal support at some stage of their development. Most chordates are vertebrates (animals with backbones), but the phylum also includes some small marine invertebrate animals.
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, subphylum Vertebrata, class Aves, order Charadriiformes, family Alcidae.

puffin

any of various northern diving birds of the family Alcidae (auks, etc.), esp Fratercula arctica (common or Atlantic puffin), having a black-and-white plumage and a brightly coloured vertically flattened bill: order Charadriiformes
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Additional information about the Puffin Patrol association would be useful, but addendums revealing miscellaneous puffin facts and suggestions on ways to help them are good additions.
Traditionally, puffins feed on a mixture of fish, but nutritious sand eels make up a high proportion of their diet.
A key finding of the study is that pairs which followed more similar migration routes bred earlier and more successfully the following spring, showing that there is a clear benefit for puffins to migrate close to their mates.
Chris Orange from Surrey snapped a shot of the Puffin with its eyes closed during a summer visit to the Farne Islands.
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Fill a beaker with as many white puffins as possible, counting them as you fill it.
The puffins are left to try to eat butterfish, a species more available as herring and hake -- key food species for puffins -- seek colder waters, Kress said.
That left the puffins little to feed their chicks except butterfish, a more southerly species that has recently proliferated in the Gulf.
Scotland's first ever Puffin Fest will celebrate their homecoming in an exciting 10 days of activities.
The puffins still face other challenge like a climate and decreasing food sources.
I can't wait to be involved, but then I do love anything with puffins.
PUFFIN numbers on one of Britain's most iconic habitats have risen after some difficult conditions in previous years had seen numbers fall.