Scientific Name: Fratercula arctica
Description: Atlantic Puffin is brightly colored yellow and rid striped beak. More drab in winter; beak becomes dark brown and cheeks become pale.
Distribution: During the winter they live on the open ocean in the Atlantic . During the breeding season, they nest off Newfoundland and Labrador, the Gulf of St. Lawrence, , Greenland , and other parts of Atlantic Canada.
Habitat: During the breeding season, these birds will nest on coastal cliffs and offshore islands. During migration and winter they live far out at sea.
Nesting: In summer they arrive in huge numbers at small number of islands off Newfoundland and Labrador, as well as in the Gulf of St. Lawrence . A single egg is laid in burrows dug by the birds themselves. These birds winter at sea.
Diet: They find their food by ‘flying’ under water with their wings. Atlantic Puffins take mainly small fish like capelin, and can carry up to a dozen at a time.
Interesting facts: Recently, the number of puffins breeding in Witless Bay, Newfoundland has declined; this may be a result of the capelin fishery; diminishing their food supply.