After the last two disturbing articles, I thought I’d write one that is on the adorable side. Puffins are Iceland’s most revered bird. They are also quite the tourist attraction to boot. Read more about these beautiful and fun birds. Don’t forget to comment below!
First the Stats…
Scientific name: Fratercula
Length: Horned puffin: 13 in.
Higher classification: Aethiinae
Mass: Atlantic puffin: 1.1 lbs, Tufted puffin: 1.5 – 1.9 lbs, Horned puffin: 1.3 – 1.4 lbs
Lifespan: 20 years (in the wild) | Longer in captivity
Now on to the Facts!
2.) A puffin weighs about as much as a can of soda!
3.) Just before winter sets in, puffins shed their colorful outer bill, leaving a behind a smaller and duller beak.
4.) A puffin can fly up to 55 mph!
5.) Puffins lay one egg per year. Like some penguins, both parents will take turns incubating their egg and caring for the chick, when it hatches. Puffins mate for life! Puffin chicks are called pufflings. How cute is that?
But wait, there’s more puffins!
Did you know…?
The name, Fratercula, is derived from the Latin word for “little brother.” The name relates to the bird’s black and white plumage, which was said to look like the robes that monks wore.
8.) Puffins spend most of their lives out at sea, resting on the waves when not swimming.
9.) The puffin struggles to get in the air, beating its wings 300-400 times a minute just to stay in flight! They also have trouble landing, often crashing into the water or rolling onto the grass, tumbling into any other puffins that may be in their way.
10.) Puffins use their wings to sort of fly underwater while using their feet to control their direction. Puffins are incredible divers and can reach depths of 60 meters (180 feet) on their way to look for food.