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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Details & Statistics

Added to Birdorable
Hatched on 02 December 2017
Scientific Name
Fratercula corniculata
  • Charadriiformes
  • Alcidae
  • Fratercula
  • F. corniculata
Birdorable Family
Conservation Status
Least Concern (as of 27 November 2018)
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
Units: Imperial / Metric
15 inches
17 to 22.9 ounces

International Names

Chinese 角海鹦
Czech papuchalk černobradý
Danish Hornet Lunde
Dutch Gehoornde Papegaaiduiker
Finnish isolunni
French Macareux cornu
German Hornlund
Italian Pulcinella cornuto
Japanese ツノメドリ [tsunomedori]
Norwegian Hornlunde
Polish maskonur pacyficzny
Portuguese Papagaio-do-mar-de-chifres
Russian Ипатка
Spanish Frailecillo Corniculado
Swedish hornlunne
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