Horned Puffin

Fratercula corniculata

Order

CHARADRIIFORMES

Family

Auks, Murres and Puffins (Alcidae)

Code 4

HOPU

Code 6

FRACOR

ITIS

ILLUSTRATION

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PHOTOS

CONSERVATION STATUS

Least Concern

The Horned Puffin is currently rated as Least Concern. This bird species has a range and population that are sufficient and stable enough at this point for there to be no concern regarding possible decline. The Horned Puffin is native to Japan, Canada, Russia and the United States. The range of the Horned Puffin is estimated to be as much as 1 million square kilometers while the population of this bird species is around 800,000 individuals. The prior rating for the Horned Puffin was Lower Risk, which was downgraded to Least Concern in 2004.

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BIRD PHOTOGRAPHY

SUMMARY

Overview

Horned Puffin: Medium puffin with black upperparts, white underparts. White face with a black, fleshy horn above eye extending to top of head. Bill is triangular and massive during summer, when it is bright yellow with orange tip. Strong direct flight on rapid wing beats, often high over the water.

 

Range and Habitat

Horned Puffin: Found along the Pacific coast of North America. Breeds from northern Alaska south to the British Columbia border. Spends winters at sea south to Washington and Oregon; rarely to California. Preferred habitats include cold ocean waters, sea cliffs, and rocky or grass-covered islets and rocks.

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Horned Puffin SONGS AND CALLS

Horned Puffin A1

Call is a low, growling "ahrrr".

Similar Sounding


Voice Text

Generally silent

INTERESTING FACTS

  • The Horned Puffin can fly, but it spends more time in the water as it is a better swimmer.
  • The birds winter over a broad area of the central North Pacific, generally over deep oceanic waters.
  • A group of puffins has many collective nouns, including a "burrow", "circus", "colony", "improbability", and "puffinry" of puffins.

SIMILAR BIRDS

RANGE MAP NORTH AMERICA

About this North America Map

This map shows how this species is distributed across North America.

FAMILY DESCRIPTION

TERMINOLOGY

CREDITS

Author

Gary Owen Dick

Artist

Yury Lisyak

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UnderpartsX

Belly, undertail coverts, chest, flanks, and foreneck.

UpperpartsX
Back, rump, hindneck, wings, and crown.
FaceX
The front part of the head consisting of the bill, eyes, cheeks and chin.
PlumesX
Large, conspicuous, showy feathers.
Parts of a Standing bird X
Head Feathers and Markings X
Parts of a Flying bird X