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In summer, the puffin's bill is colorful, the upper parts of the body and collar are fl and the underparts white.
Puffins are sometimes referred to as the "sea parrots." Puffins do not sit on their eggs.
The Atlantic Puffin is the most popular and maybe the best-known member of the auk family, especially to European, birders and non-birders alike.
www.cdli.ca /CITE/puffins.htm   (967 words)

 26 Questions about Puffins
It is the smallest of the puffins and is readily separated from the similar Horned Puffin by the steel-blue triangle at the base of its beak.
Puffins tend to disperse widely during this time and as a result it is difficult for scientists to learn about this aspect of their life.
Although the sight of gulls eating a puffin is not pleasant, predation at large colonies does not hurt the puffin colony because the majority of the puffins survive.
www.audubon.org /bird/puffin/questions.html   (3110 words)

 Atlantic Puffin (Fratercula arctica)
Of the three species of puffin, the Atlantic Puffin is the smallest in size.
As with other puffins, the color of the bill and feathers tends to be duller during the non-breeding season.
Atlantic Puffins are the only species of puffin that lives in the North Atlantic region, which includes Labrador and south to the Northeastern United States, as well as the Brittany Coast of France and the coasts of Iceland, Greenland, and Northern Russia.
www.thebigzoo.com /Animals/Atlantic_Puffin.asp   (743 words)

 Maine Secretary of State Kid's Page - Wildlife
Puffins are nicknamed “parrots of the sea,” because of their colorful triangular shaped beaks.
Puffins are skilled swimmers as well; their webbed feet help to move them swiftly through the water and effectively to capture small fish.
Atlantic puffins live at sea for nine months of the year and live in puffin colonies the rest of the time.
www.state.me.us /sos/kids/allabout/wildlife/puffin.htm   (537 words)

 Downeast Maine Photographs of Birds, lighthouses, Landscapes   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-04)
The Atlantic Puffin, formerly the Common Puffin, are also known as Sea Parrots, Sea Pigeons, clown of the ocean, bottle-nose, coulterneb, Labrador auk, large-billed puffin, pope, tammy norie.
Puffins dig their burrows using their bills and feet to move the earth that is located in the rocky cavities on MSI.
After breeding season is over puffins tend to disperse widely during this time and spend the rest of their time in the open ocean only returning to land when it is time to breed again.
afinephoto.homestead.com /puffins.html   (1302 words)

 Just for Kids: Puffin Facts   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-04)
Horned and tufted puffins are found mainly in the north and breed off the rocky coats of Siberia, Alaska, and British Colombia, however, the tufted puffin often winters as far south as California and Japan.
The Atlantic puffins are a common sight in Maine and are found widely throughout Iceland, Norway, the Faeroe Islands, British Isles, and eastern Canada.
Puffins are not endangered but their population status has greatly declined in the past due to oil spills and fishing practices.
www.akwildlife.org /JustforKidsPuffinFacts.htm   (667 words)

 The Atlantic Puffin by Jim Cornish, Gander Academy
In 1992, the Atlantic Puffin was made the official bird of the province of Newfoundland and Labrador, the newest of Canada's ten provinces.
Atlantic Puffins are one of the most common seabirds in the northern hemisphere.
Puffins suffer from food shortages caused by overfishing and by natural changes in the distribution and abundance of important species of prey.
www.cdli.ca /CITE/atlantic_puffin.htm   (1154 words)

 Atlantic Puffin
The Atlantic puffin is one of four species of puffins and is the only one that lives on the North Atlantic Ocean.
Puffins are nicknamed “parrots of the sea” because of their colourful beaks.
Puffins’ diets consist primarily of sand eels, although they are also known to eat other small fish such as herring, hake and capelin.
www.wildinfo.net /facts/Puffin.asp   (582 words)

 Atlantic Puffin - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Atlantic Puffin (Fratercula arctica) is a seabird in the auk family.
The Atlantic Puffin is the official bird of Newfoundland and Labrador.
Nicknames of the Atlantic Puffin are Clown of the Ocean and Sea Parrot.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Atlantic_Puffin   (1389 words)

 NatureWorks - Atlantic Puffin   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-04)
The Atlantic puffin was once known as the common puffin.
The Atlantic Puffin can be found on rocky coasts in the Northern Atlantic during breeding season and on the open ocean in non-breeding season.
The Atlantic puffin is one of four species of puffins and is only puffin that lives in the North Atlantic Ocean.
www.nhptv.org /Natureworks/atlanticpuffin.htm   (435 words)

 Atlantic Puffin
Puffins are pelagic and we are still largely ignorant of how they spend their time away from the colony.
Atlantic Puffins from north western Britain and Ireland disperse widely outside the breeding season, as far as Newfoundland in the west and the Canary Islands to the south and even into the Mediterranean as far east as Italy.
Atlantic Puffins typically nest underground in burrows dug in the soil of offshore islands, where such habitat is in short supply, they nest among boulder screes or at low densities in cracks in sheer cliffs rather like Black Guillemots or Razorbills.
www.jncc.gov.uk /page-2966   (1338 words)

 Atlantic Puffins (Fratercula arctica)
The Atlantic Puffin (formerly the Common Puffin) is a small, pigeon-sized seabird which lives on the open ocean throughout the majority of the year, breeding in colonies on northern seacoasts and rocky islands from April to mid-August.
Puffins lay one egg that is incubated in turn by each adult for approximately 39-43 days.
Puffins do not come to land outside of the breeding season, flying, swimming or riding the ocean surface throughout the year regardless of weather.
www.projectpuffin.org /atlantic_puffin.html   (206 words)

 Puffins Maine Seabirds Atlantic Puffins - Maine's Most Popular Seabird
Atlantic puffins spend most of their lives in the ocean, but each year they come ashore to breed on isolated, rocky islands.
Puffins live only in the northern hemisphere while penguins live only in the southern hemisphere (unless they are in zoos).
Puffins can both fly and swim very well, and when they swim they use their wings to propel themselves through the water, steering with their feet.
www.meliving.com /puffins/index.shtml   (923 words)

 Puffin - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The common name puffin describes any of three auk species (or alcids) in the bird genus Fratercula (Latin: little brother - probably a reference to their fl and white plumage which resembles monastic robes) with a brightly colored beak in the breeding season.
The Atlantic Puffin burrow is usually lined with material such as grass, leaves and feathers but is occasionally unlined.
The puffins are distinct in their ability to hold several (sometimes over a dozen) small fishes at a time, crosswise in their bill.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Puffin   (484 words)

 Atlantic Puffin Chicks
Puffins lay one egg that is incubated in turn by each adult for approximately 39-43 days (about six weeks!).
This adult Atlantic Puffin is returning to its burrow with fish for its chick.
The adults feed the chick fish for approximately 45 days, although that period may be considerably longer depending on the quality of the fishing resources nearby, after which time the puffling is large enough to fledge (leave) the nest.
www.audubon.org /bird/puffin/virtual/puffinchick.html   (130 words)

 Cockapoo - Puffin the Cockapoo
Atlantic Puffin, a sea bird of Maine (where it has been endangered) and Nova Scotia.
Puffin carries full registration in the North American Cockapoo Registry, thereby helping the NACR to maintain full and accurate breed records for now and the cockapoos of the future.
Puffin steals the heart of anyone in her path.....all puppydog (even though she's a fullgrown puppy now), warm and fuzzy with a never ending supply of energy and affection.
www.puffinstuffny.com /puffin1.htm   (412 words)

 Atlantic Puffins
A puffin swims by using its wings to push itself along under water almost as if it were flying while using its feet as a rudder.
The puffin digs burrows using its beak to loosen the soil and its feet to shovel the dirt away.
It is possible to determine the age of the puffin by the number of grooves that it has in its beak.
www.scsc.k12.ar.us /2000backeast/ENatHist/Members/RoarkJ/Default.htm   (1810 words)

 Bruce McMillan's Puffin Page
Beginning with a discussion of the seabird's rigorous existence on the rough seas of its North Atlantic home; Lynne Martin traces the common puffin's life cycle from courtship and mating to nesting and the maiden flight of the fledgling made alone in the dark of night.
All aspects of the Puffin's life style are considered as well as its current situation and the threats posed by man and his activities.
Yet in spite of the tameness of this sociable sea bird when ashore its nesting affairs were hidden underground, and little was known of its breeding habits until the author went to live on the island of Skokholm and began this study.
www.brucemcmillan.com /FRB_PuffinPage.html   (1955 words)

 Places to See Atlantic Puffins: It's Hard to See Atlantic Puffins but There are a Few Good Places
The Atlantic Puffin is one of the Auks (family Alcidae).
In the summer, the puffin has a prominent brightly coloured bill; in winter the bill is smaller and less colourful, and the face is grey.
The range of Atlantic Puffins is confined to the northern Atlantic - they nest in numerous northern coastal Atlantic locations in North America, Greenland, Iceland, and on the west coast of northern Europe.
birds.suite101.com /article.cfm/places_to_see_atlantic_puffins   (799 words)

 Mainebirding :: Puffin Information
Puffins have long been hunted in some parts of their range and are a common food item in Iceland and the Faeroe Islands today.
Puffins never came back to 4 of the other 5 islands on their own maybe because of the large populations of gulls, especially the large, aggressive and always hungry Great Black-backed Gulls.
Puffins are very abundant birds of the North Atlantic and have never been endangered or threatened (worldwide).
www.mainebirding.net /puffin   (849 words)

 New England Seabirds - Atlantic Puffin, Fratercula arctica
The Atlantic Puffin breeds on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean in Greenland, Iceland, Norway, Scotland, Eastern Canada, Labrador, Newfoundland, Nova Scotia and Maine.
Puffins however prefer to create burrows in the soft ground on grassy islands or tops of cliffs.
Puffins lay a single egg at the end of the burrow.
www.neseabirds.com /puffin.htm   (513 words)

 Birds of Nova Scotia - Atlantic Puffin   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-04)
The Bird Islands are unusual because puffins there are forced to nest in holes in the sides of the cliffs, their preferred habitat in the turf on top of the islands having been taken over by gulls.
Seven puffins off Brier Island on 24 May 1969 were possibly late transients, but summer birds occasionally reported near Sable Island and two birds seen by Thomas F.T. Morland on 8 July 1962 some 8 km off Sable River, Shelburne County, were probably non-breeding wanderers.
Remarks The puffin or "sea parrot," as it is commonly called by fishermen, is readily identified by its parrot-like beak, its bright orange legs and its exceptionally rapid wing-beats.
museum.gov.ns.ca /mnh/nature/nsbirds/bns0200.htm   (597 words)

 Atlantic Puffin -- Pictures, Animal Facts, Habitats, Video, Sound, Wallpaper -- National Geographic   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-04)
Atlantic puffins have penguin-like coloring but they sport a colorful beak that has led some to dub them the "sea parrot." The beak fades to a drab gray during the winter and blooms with color again in the spring—suggesting that it may be attractive to potential mates.
Atlantic puffins land on North Atlantic seacoasts and islands to form breeding colonies each spring and summer.
Iceland is the breeding home of perhaps 60 percent of the world's Atlantic puffins.
www3.nationalgeographic.com /animals/birds/atlantic-puffin.html   (350 words)

 Nearctica - Natural History - Birds of Eastern North America - Alcidae - Atlantic Puffin (Fratercula arctica)
Two related puffins, the Horned Puffin and the Tufted Puffin, are found on the western coast of North America and their ranges do not overlap that of the Atlantic Puffin.
Habitat: The Atlantic Puffin breeds on rocky cliffs and ledges.
The egg is laid in a burrow in soft soil or may be laid in a rocky crevice.
www.nearctica.com /birds/alcids/Farctica.htm   (230 words)

 Pictures of Atlantic Puffins from the Farne Islands England Scotland
Puffins, often known as seabird clowns of the air, gather in usually inaccessible offshore Island puffinries to breed.
Puffins nest in burrows underground,under boulders, or in rocky crevices.
Puffins are skillful fishermen able to catch and hold up to a dozen or so sandeel in their beaks.
www.beautiful-england.co.uk /puffins.htm   (600 words)

 Atlantic Puffin
With this fact in mind, you might not think that it would be able to survive in the Arctic where winds can reach a sustained speed of about 200 miles per hour, but it has a variety of adaptations that allows it to survive in the icy water that is it's home.
Puffins are usually found hundreds of miles from land off the coast of New England, Greenland, and Scandinavia.
Therefore the only puffins looking for a mate are the younger ones that have come to breed for the first time.
www.angelfire.com /ga3/viper/Atlanticpuffin   (459 words)

 Raving about Atlantic Puffin on Yub.com   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-04)
The Common or Atlantic Puffin is a rather small sea bird that spends most of its time at sea in the North Atlantic Ocean.
Puffins had always remained on Machias Seal Island on the Canadian border which today supports a breeding colony of about 3,000 puffins.
Today there are puffin breeding colonies on at least 4 of the original 6 islands: Eastern Egg Rock, Seal Island (re-introduced colonies), Machias Seal Island and Matinicus Rock (natural colonies).
www.yub.com /raves/?raveID=21544 - !http://www.yub.com/fans/?raveID=21544   (474 words)

 Marcel Granger — Atlantic Puffin
The only puffin of normal occurence on Canada's Atlantic shores, this happy water bird is easily recognized by its large triangular multi-coloured bill and head markings.
Coming ashore only to reproduce, puffins nest either in a chamber dug as the end of a long burrow into a grassy slope or in a crevice or cranny in the rock of a cliff.
A powerful swimmer but no flying ace, the puffin has difficulty getting airborne at all unless a strong headwind is blowing onshore.
www.lino.com /~marcelg/macar_an.htm   (157 words)

 Cap'n Fish's Puffin Nature Cruise   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-04)
Puffins can typically be found in the very chilly waters of the North Atlantic, in places like Iceland and Norway.
Lucky for us then that not far from Boothbay Harbor is the southernmost Atlantic Puffin colony in all of North America – Eastern Egg Rock.
We scan the rocks and the skies, and then someone shouts, and lo and behold there is a group of Puffins sitting in the water, bobbing up and down, perhaps 50 or 60 feet from the boat.
puffins.capnfishs.com   (402 words)

 Fratercula arctica, Atlantic Puffin at MarineBio.org   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-04)
Atlantic Puffin, Fratercula arctica, Greenland and Northern Canada, Gulf of St. Lawrence, Nova Scotia, Iceland, Northern Scandinavia, Northern Russia, Ireland, and NW coast of France.
Atlantic Puffin, Fratercula arctica, During courtship, mates fight on the water, pairs bill and by fighting attract other pairs until the whole ceremony tapers off.
Puffins nest in colonies and construct nests by burrowing into loose soil 2-4 feet deep at tops of cliffs or on islands.
marinebio.org /species.asp?id=668   (1078 words)

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