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A small pigeon-sized bird. During the mating season they are black and white/grey with a brightly colored beak. During the rest of the year, they are duller in color.
Spend most of their lives in the North Atlantic out at sea. They nest in burrows on rocky coasts during the summer.
these pictures are of puffins off the coast of Maine at Machias Seal Island. The birds were nesting on the island, and so they have their mating plumage.