Tufted Puffin


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The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.

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.

The Great Soviet Encyclopedia, 3rd Edition (1970-1979). © 2010 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
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