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25 Facts About Puffins ~ Part 3 of 5

Continuing with 25 facts about Puffins, part three of five. 

Below are some facts I learned and wanted to share. 

In case you missed part one and two, you can read them here: 

25 Facts About PUFFINS ~ Part 1 of 5

25 Facts About PUFFINS ~ Part 2 of 5

These Puffins always make me smile. I hope they do the same for you. We can never have too many smiles.

*Photos Courtesy of National Geographic

  • Question of

    HOW OLD DO PUFFINS HAVE TO BE BEFORE THEY CAN REPRODUCE?

    • 1. Most puffins do not breed until they are 5 years old.
    • 2. The earliest a puffin may breed is at age 3 but this is only known from zoos.
    • 3. Puffins live a long time and use their pre-breeding years to learn about feeding places, choosing a mate and nest sites. They do bond as pairs.
  • Question of

    HOW DO PUFFINS DIG THEIR BURROWS AND HOW DEEP ARE THEY?

    • 1. Puffins dig their burrows using their bills and feet.
    • 2. They prefer to make their burrows in earth or between rocks on steep sea cliffs so predators cannot easily reach them.
    • 3. They use their bills to cut into soil and then shovel away loose material with their feet.
  • Question of

    HOW MANY EGGS DOES A PUFFIN LAY?

    • 1. Puffins typically lay 1 egg per year.
    • 2. They usually keep the same mate every season and use the same burrow as in previous years.
  • Question of

    HOW LONG CAN PUFFINS LIVE?

    • 1. Puffins often live 20 years or more.
    • 2. The oldest known puffin lived to be 36 years.
    • 3. Puffins mate for life.
  • Question of

    WHY DO PUFFINS HAVE COLORFUL BEAKS?

    • 1. During winter, the bills and feet of puffins fade to dull shades of their summer colors.
    • 2. Every spring their beaks and feet turn a colorful orange in preparation for the breeding season.
    • 3. The beaks and feet of puffins become brightly colored and the beak increases in size as the bird matures.

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