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Atlantic Puffin

Fratercula arctica


I would argue that the Atlantic Puffin is the most easily recognisable bird of all the alcids. With their cartoon-like appearance they are also a favoured object amongst wildlife photographers. There are no distinguishable feautures between male and females (aside from size, where the male is larger). Both have black top sides (including wings) and white undersides. The bill is large and triangular with distinctive orange, blue and white bands. They also have a white diamond shaped patch in the face.


Strictly marine species, found in the northern Atlantic where they breed in huge colonies on rocky cliffs.


Popularly referred to as the 'clown of the sea' or 'parrot of the sea'. Not the most graceful of birds in flight as can be seen in picture number two.

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Elsa 8 years ago

Thank you very much - you are lucky to have the Tufted Puffin in your neighbourhood LivesInADream!

LivesInADream 8 years ago

Now I am the one that is jealous! Nice spotting!!

Elsa 8 years ago

Thank you Joshua :)

Josh Asel
Josh Asel 8 years ago

very nice :)

Elsa 9 years ago

Thanks both! Same here Marta!! Next year I want to go to Farne island and photograph the bird mountains.. Looks amazing..

Jeannette 9 years ago

Also lovely :)

The MnMs
The MnMs 9 years ago

This is one of my holy grail spottings! Nice job!

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Spotted on Jun 17, 2012
Submitted on Aug 13, 2012

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