Atlantic Puffin

Atlantic Puffin
Fratercula arctica
Atlantic Puffin, Fratercula arctica Atlantic Puffin, Fratercula arctica
                                              nr. 901                                                    nr. 915
Breeds in Canada and Greenland, south to Maine, Iceland, Jan Mayen, Faeroes, Spitsbergen, Bear Islands and Novaya Zembla and north-west Russia (White Sea), coastal trough Norway, Sweden, British Isles and Ireland to the channel Islands, and North-west France.
Breeds in colony's, mostly in borrows on grassy maritime slopes and sea cliffs, also in boulder fields and scree slopes.
Length 32 cm.

Wingspan 55 cm.
The birds assemble before the coast in early spring. After a few days they go to shore "en masse". Courtship is accompanied with bill clapping and fierce fighting.
Sand eels, whiting and sprat.
One single egg is laid and is incubated by both parents for 6 weeks.

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