Atlantic Puffin

Atlantic Puffin (Fratercula arctica)

Order: Charadriiformes
Family: Alcidae


  • Size: 10.2″ to 11.4″
  • Medium-sized seabird with a big head and long, triangular bill that continues to grow and add ridges as the bird ages.
  • Black on top and white on the bottom, with a flashy black, orange, and yellow bill; juveniles have all dark bills.
  • Silent at sea but sometimes make a grunt or growling call for breeding.
  • Small fish like:
  • Sprat
  • Capelin
  • Herring
  • Hake
  • Cod

Stanislas Wroza, XC432782. Accessible at

Short-distance Migrant

  • Puffin chicks are known as “pufflings.”