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Atlantic Puffin
Scientific classification
Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Aves
Order:Charadriiformes
Family:Alcidae
Genus:Fratercula
Species:arctica
Binomial name
Fratercula arctica

The Atlantic Puffin Fratercula arctica is an auk (or alcid[?]) of the puffin genus Fratercula, with a brightly colored beak; a pelagic seabird that feeds primarily by diving for fish. Atlantic Puffins breed in large colonies, nesting in crevices or burrows.

This species breeds on European coasts in burrows on grassy cliffs, and winters far out to sea. It makes a noisy grunt at the breeding burrows.

Puffins will collect several small fish when hunting, and line them up in their bills facing alternately to each side.

The Atlantic Puffin is the official bird of Newfoundland and Labrador.

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