Animal Facts
    Common Name:
    Horned Puffin
    Scientific Name:
    Fratercula corniculata
    • Horned puffins are highly social, nesting in large groups and feeding in large flocks.
    • Nests are in crevices on cliffs and often lined with feathers, grass, or debris collected by both parents.
    • They may dive to depths of 40 meters in search of fish, squid, and other marine animals, using their wings to "fly" beneath the water.
    • Elaborate courtships include head jerks and bill slapping, both involving their brightly-colored beak.
    1.3 lb
    14 in
    Life Span:
    20 yrs
    Gestation Period:
    41 days
    Number of Young:
    1 egg
    • Marine
    • Rocky Areas
    Fun Facts:
    • After the young leave the nest, they may stay out to sea for three to four years until mature.
    • Their bill becomes brightly colored during the breeding season.
    • Parents stay in nest for six days after the young hatches to keep it warm.
    • They may carry over 50 small fish crosswise in their bills.
    • Climate Change
    • Habitat Loss
    Endangered Status
    Endangered Status
    • Extinct in Wild (EW)
    • Critically Endangered (CR)
    • Endangered (EN)
    • Vulnerable (VU)
    • Near Threatened (NT)
    • Least Concern (LC)
    • Not Evaluated (NE)

    Since they live in colonies in the wild, the Zoo houses a large colony of these puffins. Many of them walk onto a scale for routine weighing. Their reward for participating is food or something like moss, which they use for nesting.

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    This species is cooperatively managed as part of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums' Species Survival Plan program program. This program is responsible for developing a Breeding and Transfer Plan for each species in the program.