There are four types of puffins the tufted puffin, the horned puffin, the rhinoceros puffin and the Atlantic puffin. In North America the Atlantic puffin has a range from Labrador to Maine on the seacoast and islands. This bundle of bird has the body coloring of a penguin with a bright orange triangular-shaped beak. Each puffin is about the height of a milk carton (about 25 centimeters) and the weight of a soda can (500 grams). Like penguins they waddle on orange feet, but they are also expert flyers. Reaching up to 55 miles per hour with 400 wing flaps per minute!
Their nests are more like burrows in the sides of the cliffs. Inside the 2-3 foot long burrows, the chicks hang out with a bed made from their parents feathers. Puffins even make time to have a bathroom in their burrows! In order to keep the 'bed' feathers dry and warm for the chicks there is an area near the entrance of the burrow where the chicks do their business. As a mating behavior the puffins will "bill": a pair rubbing their beaks together. Each year the same pair will return to their nest for their next clutch.
To learn more about puffins and their conservation efforts go to the Audubon Project Puffin website!