Horned Puffin

About the Horned Puffin

The Horned Puffin is a beautiful bird in the auk family. This seabird breeds on rocky island cliffs off of Siberia, Alaska, and British Columbia. Horned Puffins winter on the open ocean.

The Horned Puffin has a striking look, with white underparts and black upperparts. The face is white and the large beak is most colorful during breeding season, ranging from bright yellow to dark orange. Adult Horned Puffins have a small fleshy protuberance above the eye, giving them their common name.

Breeding Horned Puffins are known for carrying large amounts of small fish back to feed their chicks, who eat the fish whole. Adult Horned Puffins have a more varied diet of seafood, including squid and other invertebrates.

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