Tufted Puffin

Fratercula cirrhata

Tufted Puffins are a common breeder on the islands south and west shores. They breed in crevices that are usually mid to upper levels on the cliffs. Their all dark underparts, bright white cheek and two golden tufts that extend from the eye back down the nape separate this species from the white bellied Horned Puffin. Winter bird and first-summer birds are occasionally seen from shore. In these plumages there are no tufts, the bill is dull yellow or orange, and the cheeks are dark. Tufted Puffins are one of the most popular photography subjects on the island, as they will often pose quietly at very close range.