Tufted Puffin

About the Tufted Puffin

Also known as: Crested Puffin
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.
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Details & Statistics

Added to Birdorable
Hatched on 01 December 2018
Scientific Name
Fratercula cirrhata
  • Charadriiformes
  • Alcidae
  • Fratercula
  • F. cirrhata
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Conservation Status
Least Concern (as of 4 April 2020)
  • 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
14 to 15.8 inches
14 to 15.8 inches
18.3 to 35.3 ounces

International Names

Chinese (汉语) 簇羽海鹦
Czech (Cesky) papuchalk chocholatý
Danish (Dansk) Toplunde
Dutch (Nederlands) Kuifpapegaaiduiker
Finnish (Suomi) töyhtölunni
French (Français) Macareux huppé
German (Deutsch) Gelbschopflund
Italian (Italiano) Pulcinella dai ciuffi
Japanese (日本語) エトピリカ [etopirika]
Norwegian (Norsk) Topplunde
Polish (Polski) maskonur zlotoczuby
Portuguese (Português) Papagaio-do-mar-de-penachos
Russian (русский язык) Топорок
Spanish (Español) Frailecillo Coletudo
Swedish (Svenska) tofslunne
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