A hybrid species of Atlantic puffins that formed in the last century was recently discovered by scientists.
About Atlantic Puffin
- It is a species of small seabird in the auk family.
- It's the only puffin species found in the Atlantic Ocean.
- Scientific Name: Fratercula arctica
- Habitat: It is found on rocky coasts in the Northern Atlantic Ocean during the breeding season and on the open ocean in the non-breeding season.
- Geographical Range:
- It is a migratory species, spending most of the time traveling back and forth across the Atlantic Ocean, returning every breeding season to its native breeding areas.
- Sixty percent of the individuals inhabit the coast of Iceland during the breeding season.
- It has also been found off the coast of Greenland, the United Kingdom, Eastern Canada, and the Netherlands, as well as Ireland.
- It is a short and stocky diving seabird about 12 inches in length with a wingspan of 20-24 inches.
- It is black on its upper sides and white on its chest and belly.
- Males and females look alike.
- It has bright orange webbed feet; a white face and cheeks; and a large, triangular parrot-like bill that is bright red and yellow.
- They fly through the air like most birds, but they also "fly" through the water, using their wings as paddles.
- They are also speedy in the air. They flap their wings up to 400 times a minute, speeding along in the air at 55 miles an hour.
- Diet: Puffins eat small fish—such as sand eels and herring—which they hunt underwater.
Q1: What is a Seabird?
A seabird can be defined as a bird that makes its living primarily from the ocean, beyond the intertidal or surf zone. Seabirds are beautifully adapted for life in the ocean. Generally, they have dense, waterproof feathers; layers of fat; and a desalinization system to remove excess salt