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 Confusion Species
Pelagic in the winter months, usually further out to sea than other auks.
Pelagic; breeds on coastal cliffs or offshore islands.
They fly with rapidly whirring wings.
The breeding season is from May to June with 1 egg; 1 brood. The grooves on the bill increase with age. They use abandoned rabbit or shearwater burrows (sometimes small caves in a cliff face) on steep grassy slopes at the top of a cliff.
The lifespan of a Puffin is 10-20 years.
It is mainly Sandeels that are fed to the chick, these increase in size as the youngster grows. They have a semi-rigid rasping tongue which pushes already caught sandeels up onto spikes on the hard palate - this frees up the mandibles (especially the lower) to snap at the next victim!
Call: a throaty growl
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