species that is so readily identified, there is much we do not
know about this comical looking species. The tufted puffin is the
largest puffin in the north Pacific Ocean weighing about 780
grams. It gets its name from two yellowish plumes that extend from
the back of the head of breeding adults. About 3.5 million tufted
puffins nest between the
Islands in California north along the North American coast and
west to the Chukchi Sea in eastern Russia. Most puffins nest in
Alaska where about 1.3 million nest on the
and another 1 million nest in Alaska Peninsula.
and females resemble one another.
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