Tufted puffin

The tufted puffin (Fratercula cirrhata), also known as crested puffin, is a relatively abundant medium-sized pelagic seabird in the auk family (Alcidae) found throughout the North Pacific Ocean. It is one of three species of puffin that make up the genus Fratercula and is easily recognizable by its thick red bill and yellow tufts.

Tufted puffin
Breeding adult, St. Paul Island, Alaska
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Charadriiformes
Family: Alcidae
Genus: Fratercula
F. cirrhata
Binomial name
Fratercula cirrhata
(Pallas, 1769)
Distribution map of the tufted puffin
  extant (resident)
  extant (breeding visitor)
  extant (winter visitor)

Alca cirrhata Pallas, 1769
Lunda cirrhata (Pallas, 1769)
Sagmatorrhina lathami Bonaparte, 1851

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