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Atlantic or common puffin

To fish, puffins swim underwater using their semi-extended wings as paddles to "fly" through the water and their feet as a rudder. It swims fast and can reach considerable depths and stay submerged for up to a minute!

An unmistakable bird with its black back and white underparts, and distinctive black head with large pale cheeks and a tall, flattened, brightly-coloured bill. Its comical appearance is heightened by its red and black eye-markings and bright orange legs. They eat small fish, especially sand eels.

Puffins can be seen in cliff top breeding colonies in Scotland, Northern Ireland and Donegal between the end of spring and the beginning of summer. They spend the rest of the year in the open ocean of the cold northern seas.

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Atlantic or common puffin

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