Horned Puffin

Fratercula corniculata

Horned puffins (Fratercula corniculata) are a type of sea bird that are sometimes referred to as a sea parrots, due to their bright bill. The bird’s feather plumage acts as a type of camouflage to hide it from predators. The bird commits to its mate and takes a parenting style that allows its chick to succeed or fail on its own, once it is capable to do so. Living in coastal and marine areas, the bird preys on seafood. A multi-talented bird, it can manoeuvre on land, in water, and in the air. Although the bird lives in fairly inaccessible areas to humans, there are many ways that humans put the species at risk through our impact on marine and coastal areas. But, there are also many things that we as humans can do to protect this species.


The horned puffin is a black and white bird with orange accents. It is black on its top feathers and at its throat, but has a white chest and underside. The horned puffin’s black and white colouring provides counter shading for the bird, which allows it to blend in with darker water to protect it from predators from above, and with sunlit water to protect it from predators from below…

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