Atlantic Puffin

(Fratercula arctica)

The Atlantic Puffin is one of three Puffin species in the world. It is well known for its bright and colourful beak.

The latin name Fratercula means Friar, a reference to the black and white plumage on the body.

The Puffin is a migratory animal, and only comes to land once a year to nest. Usually between May and August. It digs a burrow into the ground where it lays the egg. Puffins are extremely good divers, being able to dive down to 60m for food. It is well adapted to life in the water, but is a clumsy flyer.