These little birds are beyond cute. Two species of Puffin live in the Kenai Fjords National Park in Alaska, the Tufted and Horned Puffin. What’s the difference? The Tufted Puffin is heavier and has white feathers on its face with a colorful beak and two tufts of yellow feathers atop its head. The Horned Puffin has, not surprisingly, a fleshy black horn above its eyes and no tufts. They breed in nesting rookeries amongst the rocks and Puffin pairs mate for life.
Interestingly these little birds have a very heavy bone density to help them dive deep into the water to get fish. They use their wings for propulsion and feet for steering when they go under water. They look so awkward trying to fly with those little wings and that stubby little body but they make do. Puffins actually have to beat those little wings 400 times a minute to stay aloft!