Tufted Puffin

Other Names: Crested Puffin

Distribution: Northern Pacific waters.

Tufted Puffin distribution range map

Description:

Size: 37-42 cm in length with a 37-42 cm wingspan.

Plumage:  In breeding plumage, adults are black overall, with a white face, down-curved yellowish tufts hanging behind the eyes, and parrot-like enlarged, bright orange-red bill. In winter, the colored bill plates molt and the bill is smaller and duller, the face turns dusky, and the tufts disappear. Juveniles are dusky above and light gray below, with a small bill. In flight, the large, webbed red feet are conspicuous and distinctive of the species.

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Tufted Puffin

Tufted Puffin

Bill Shape
specialized
Regions
alaska
aleutians
british columbia
california
hawaii
nunavut
oregon
pacific coast
washington
yukon
Tail Shape
squared-tail
Wing Shape
pointed-wings
Habitat
coasts
Color
black
Body Shape
upright-perching-water
Size
medium
Order
waders, shorebirds, seabirds - charadriiformes
auks, murres and puffins - alcidae
Conservation Status
Least Concern
Bird Species