Tufted Puffin


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Tufted Puffin

 

(Lunda cirrhatd), a bird of the family Alcidae. The tufted puffin measures approximately 40 cm in length and weighs 600–800 g. The high-set, powerful bill is very compressed laterally. The coloring is black-brown, with white cheeks and tufts of long yellowish feathers behind the eyes. The feet are red. The tufted puffin walks, flies, swims, and dives well. It feeds on small fish and marine invertebrates. It deposits its single egg in a burrow, which it digs in soft ground, or under rocks. The newly hatched fledgling is covered with a long, fine, dense down; it leaves the nest completely when it has feathered. Tufted puffins nest in colonies along the northern shores of the Pacific Ocean. In some places they are raised commercially for their flesh and eggs, which are used as food.

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During this work, we also uncovered both published and unpublished breeding records in BC and SEAK in 1858-1910 for Ancient Murrelet, Cassin's Auklet, Rhinoceros Auklet (Cerorhinca monocerata), and Tufted Puffin (Fratercula cirrhata), which we summarize (see Table 1) and discuss below.
The Haro Channel locality probably referred to Mandarte Island, the only known Tufted Puffin breeding location on the VI side of Haro Strait, well known since 1908 (Drent and Guiguet 1961), which is located just north of Victoria (Fig.
Instead, this may have been an incorrect referral to Wood who had actually intended VI and not Strait of Georgia, although Wood also may have been aware of Lyall's 1858 Tufted Puffin eggs from Haro Channel.
Atlantic puffins, rhinoceros auklets and tufted puffins typically nest in burrows on turfcovered clifftops and sea slopes.
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.
We found that the abundance of tufted puffins on cliffs depended on the amount of soil accumulation.
Best bets: A colony of 200 to 300 tufted puffins journeys to Haystack Rock at Cannon Beach every summer to breed and hatch their chicks.
Gulls, cormorants, murres, oystercatchers, tufted puffins and others spend time here mating, building nests, guarding eggs and raising chicks.
Tufted puffins show up in April, nesting in burrows or crevices.
And why are tufted puffins grouped with shorebirds and waders when they're actually diving seabirds who come ashore only to breed and spend their winters out at sea?
Six common murres, 12 tufted puffins, six pigeon guillemots, three Caspian terns and two black oystercatchers were flown from Seattle to Luxembourg and then driven to Madrid where they will make their home in the animal park's aviary.
A small flock of Caspian terns joins five other species of shorebirds and seabirds - black oystercatchers, common murres, pigeon guillemots, rhinoceros auklets and tufted puffins.