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Set B1 - British Birds - card information

18. The Puffin
(Fratercula arctica)

18. The Puffin

This delightful personality of the shore bears many names. In addition to Puffin it is known as the Sea Parrot, Tamie Norie, Bottle Nose and Coulter Neb. Its great beak, decked out in horny plates by way of breeding season adornment, makes it look like a wee clown of the sea. Its eye has a triangular setting. Its smart black and white plumage, plus its orange feet and legs, add to the whole effect. In short the Puffin, whether on the rocks, among the pink thrift, or on the blue waves, is a joy to watch.