Horned puffin

Fratercula corniculata

The horned puffin is an auk, similar in appearance to the Atlantic puffin; this bird's bill is yellow at the base and red at the tip. It is a pelagic seabird that feeds primarily by diving for fish. It nests in colonies, often with other auks.
Horned Puffin This individual is the only one thought to live in the Salish Sea Fratercula corniculata,Geotagged,Horned puffin,Summer,United States

Appearance

The yellow bill plate grows before the breeding season and is shed later. They have a small fleshy black "horn" above their eyes. They have a white face with a dark line extending from the back of the eye and red feet.
Horned Puffin (Fratercula corniculata)  Animal,Bird,Fratercula corniculata,Geotagged,Horned Puffin,Horned puffin,Puffin,United States,Winter,Zoo

Distribution

This species breeds on rocky islands off the coasts of Siberia, Alaska and British Columbia, in burrows, in rocky cavities or among rocks. It winters far out to sea. Feeding areas are usually located fairly far offshore from the nest. There is usually one chick and both parents feed the young.

Status

The population of these birds has declined due to the introduction of rats onto some islands used for nesting.

Food

Horned puffins will return from hunting with several small fish in their beaks. They also eat squid and crustaceans.

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Status: Least concern
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Taxonomy
KingdomAnimalia
DivisionChordata
ClassAves
OrderCharadriiformes
FamilyAlcidae
GenusFratercula
SpeciesF. corniculata