Fratercula arctica

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The puffin, a robust seabird resembling a football, bears black and white plumage with a radiant face and a vibrant multicolored bill. Sporting orange legs and feet, nonbreeding and juvenile puffins exhibit a darker facial hue and a muted bill. During breeding periods, these birds tend to stay close to rocky islands and cliffs in the North Atlantic, seldom venturing far. In winter, they retreat to the open ocean, rarely spotted from land. Recognizable by their unique features, puffins are unmistakable within their habitat, being the sole species of puffin in their vicinity.

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