The 2014 Commonwealth Games are being held where my mum was born in Glasgow, so today I thought that I should write about an animal that is found in Scotland. I chose Atlantic puffins because they are a very beautiful bird.
Here are five interesting facts about them:
- Besides living in northern Scotland, they also live off the coast of Norway, Greenland, Russia and Canada, with 60% of them breeding in Iceland.
- They only have their beautiful coloured beak in spring. When winter comes, they shed the outer shell of their beak, revealing a much smaller and duller beak.
- Due to their colourful beak, they are also known as the “clowns of the sea” and “sea parrots.”
- They have a rough tongue and sharp edges on their beaks that enable them to carry lots of fish and eels at once. Some people have reported seeing individual puffins carrying 60-80 eels at once back to their nests to feed their chicks.
- Atlantic puffins are very fast flyers and can flap their little wings at up to 400 times per minute.
I hope that you found these facts interesting and learned something new.
Are there any other interesting facts that you would like to share about Atlantic puffins?