May Week 3 The Puffin

May Week 3 The Puffin

The Puffin

Puffins are sea birds and a members of the “Auk” family. Each summer they leave the sea to breed on land.

Puffins are nicknamed “sea parrots” and sometimes “clowns of the sea!” Atlantic puffins have black and white feathers and a large parrot-like beak. They are small seabirds measuring around 25cm in length. Its beak (or bill) changes colour during the year. In winter, the beak has a dull grey colour, but in spring it blooms and is orange! It is believed that the bright colour helps male puffins attract a female mate.

What does The Puffin eat?

Small fish including krill, herring, hake and sand eels.

Puffins can dive to a depth of 60 metres to find small fish to eat. When on land adult puffins will fly for many kilometres out to sea to find small fish to feed their young.

What do birds eat? The Puffin


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