Atlantic Puffin

An Atlantic puffin with small fish in its beak.
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Puffins are colonial breeders, gathering in large groups to dig nesting burrows on coastal or island cliffs. Each pair typically lays a single egg during a breeding season, and the parents take turns watching the egg or chick and flying to catch food. Puffins may fly 20 miles in search of fish for their young and doing so burns a lot of energy, limiting just how far they can venture from their nesting island without jeopardizing their own health. They try to catch the healthiest (high in protein and fat) fish for their chick that are within reach.

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