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25 Facts About PUFFINS ~ Part 4 of 5

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

Below are some facts I learned and wanted to share. 

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

25 Facts About PUFFINS ~ Part 1 of 5

25 Facts About PUFFINS ~ Part 2 of 5

25 Facts About PUFFINS ~ Part 3 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

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    HOW DO PUFFINS COMMUNICATE WITH BODY MOVEMENTS?

    • 1. Puffins use body movements to communicate in a variety of situations.
    • 2. In mating and courtship the puffins will pair up before they come onto the island from the ocean.
    • 3. Once they are on land, the pair may perform billing, a behavior where puffins rub their beaks together.
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    WHAT SOUND DOES A PUFFIN MAKE?

    • 1. Puffins make loud growling calls usually from underground which sounds like a muffled chainsaw.
    • 2. The chicks “peep” for food from parents.
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    WHERE DO PUFFINS GO IN WINTER?

    • 1. 1. Puffins breed in colonies from April to August and over-winter from August to early spring on the open ocean far from land.
    • 2. Puffins are wonderfully adapted to spend months at sea.
    • 3. They have waterproofed feathers, the ability to drink salt water and catch food.
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    HOW DO PUFFINS FIND THEIR WAY HOME?

    • 1. Puffin chicks leave a colony when they fledge and head off to the ocean without their parents.
    • 2. They remain in the open ocean until they are 2-3 years old.
    • 3. Then they return to the vicinity of the colony where they hatched and may nest near the burrow where they hatched.
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    WHAT ENEMIES DO PUFFINS HAVE?

    • 1. The greatest natural predator of the puffin is the Great Black-backed Gull.
    • 2. This gull can catch adult puffins in mid-air.

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