Horned Puffin

Fratercula corniculata

When a puffin spies a school of small fish such as smelt, it dives through the school and uses its special beak to catch and hold a mouthful of fish. Pointy backward-facing barbs on the roof of its beak and a rough tongue help to hold onto the fish. A puffin can carry up to 60 small fish in its beak at once!

Fact File

where to see themWhere to see them: Wings of the World
heightHeight: 1 to 1.2 ft
weightWeight: 1 lb
lifespanLifespan: Up to 20 yrs
habitatHabitat: Ocean and rocky coasts
dietDiet: Fish, mollusks and crustaceans