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You open Your hand and satisfy the desire of every living thing. The Lord is righteous in all His ways and kind in all His deeds.
Psalm 145:16-17

Puffin Facts:

  • Puffins can fly! Flapping their wings at up to 400 beats per minute up to 55mph.
  • They make burrows for nests using their beak and feet. And lay one egg.
  • Lifespan in the wild is about 20 years.
  • They can hold up to ten fish in their mouth with their specialized course section of tongue. They can push the fish to the back and grab more.
  • Puffins have also been referred to as the clowns of the ocean or sea parrots.
  • There are 4 different types of Puffins: Atlantic puffin, horned puffin, tufted puffin, and rhinoceros auklet.
  • Baby puffins are called pufflings.
  • Puffins spend most of their lives at sea and only come to land to breed.
  • Puffins bright beak will change to a duller color in the winter.
  • A groupd of puffins is called...a colony, a puffinry, a circus!
  • They are only about 10 inches tall. They are the smallest of the puffins.
Atlantic Puffins eat small fish around 2 to 6 inches long, mainly sandlance (sandeel), sprat (above), capelin, herring, hake, and cod. They can hold up to 10 of the fish in their beaks with the help of a specialized course patch of tonuge. They will catch one and then push it to the back and gather more. Fish are their favorite food.

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There are four different types of Puffins. The Atlantic puffin is the smallest.

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Both mom and dad puffins will take turn getting food for the puffling. Baby pufflings don't leave their burrow until they are ready to fly. Once they leave the nest they fly out to sea where they spend most of their time growing up.

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An Atlantic puffin in a burrow.
Rhinoceros Auklet Puffin image

Rhinoceros Auklet Puffin image
A group of puffins is called "a circus."
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