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Feathered friends These cute little birds look a lot like penguins, but they’re different in many ways! Puffins live in the northern seas and they’re much smaller than penguins, at around 18cm tall. Puffins are known for their colourful beaks or bills but they only look like this during mating season.
Just keep swimming Puffins have orange legs and black and white feathers that are completely waterproof. These come in handy as puffins spend a lot of time swimming underwater. These beautiful birds are excellent swimmers. They are able to use their webbed feet as rudders and dive underwater in search of food like fish and sea worms.
Sky high Did you know that puffins are fast flyers? They can flap their wings up to 400 times a minute, which means they can fly up to 85km/hr. Wow! They spend most of their time flying over the open ocean, and resting on the waves when they’re not flying or swimming.
Family tree Puffins lay about one egg per year, and they usually mate for life. They make great parents, taking turns between the male and female to take care of the baby. They dig burrows in the ground to keep the baby warm. They also carry food to their babies, sometimes bringing up to 30 fish at a time!