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Atlantic Puffin

Macareux moine

Fratercula arctica


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Life, Habitat & Pictures of the Atlantic Puffin

B L W W W Family Latin Name
12.5" 31.75cm 21" 53.34cm 13oz 368g Alcidae Fratercula arctica

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Atlantic Puffin

Distribution: The Atlantic Puffin is a member of the alcid family. This very colourful seabird, when seen in breeding plumage, is the only puffin species found on the Atlantic Ocean side of North America. This puffin nests in cavities that are dug out on the face of steep hills. These nesting locations are usually, but not always, on islands in the sea. This is done to reduce the chance of predation of their young. They can be seen from Maine through Nova Scotia, in the Gulf of the St. Lawrence River, Newfoundland and Labrador to the far northern coast of Quebec.




References to Other Bird Sites:

Avibase - the world bird database

ABA - American Birding Association

AOS - The American Ornitholgy Society

ABC - American Bird Conservancy

eBird - TheCornellLab of Ornithology

NA - National Geographic

NAC - National Audubon Society


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