The Atlantic puffin or sea parrot, as it is also called, is a smaller bird (28-32 cm) from the Alcidae family with a colourful, triangular red, yellow and grey-blue beak. It has a large head with light grey cheeks, a black upper side and neck, white underside and orange legs. In winter, the cheeks are darker and the beak colours are less pronounced.
The adult Atlantic puffins breed in colonies on deserted islands off the coast or on the sides of steep cliffs. They often form pairs with the same mate year after year. The female lays one egg in May-June in a cliff crevice or nest that is dug in the turf. The parents pair share the work, and the egg hatches after about 40 days, after which the chick is fed with small fish such as capelin, sand eels and crustaceans. The adults can hold many fish in their beak, so saving many flights to the nest.
The Atlantic puffin moves quickly both under and above the water. It flies with short and fast whirling wings up to 80 km/h.