Today's new bird is a seabird of the Pacific Ocean: the Tufted Puffin! The Tufted Puffin is also known as the Crested Puffin. Both males and females develop yellow tufts of feathers on the sides of the head during breeding season. Adult... Read more »
The Tufted Puffin is a pelagic species in the auk family. They live on the north Pacific Ocean. They nest in burrows on cliff edges or among rocks and boulders on Pacific cliffs.
Tufted Puffins, also known as Crested Puffins, are named for the yellow tufts that males and females both develop on the side of the head during breeding season. They can also be recognized by their typically large and colorful puffin bills, mostly black plumage, and white facial patch.
Native northern Pacific cultures hunted Tufted Puffins for their meat, skin, and feathers. They used the skin to make clothing and the tufts in decorative ornamentation. Even the bulky beaks were used as rattles on dancing costumes.