Atlantic Puffin

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Atlantic Puffin

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Character Data
Also known as: Common Puffin
Japanese Name: ニシツノメドリ
Romanised Name: Nishi Tsunome Dori
First Featured in: Kemono Friends (2015 Game)
Atlantic Puffin's Merchandise
Animal Data
Scientific Name: Fratercula arctica
Distribution: Northern Atlantic Ocean
Diet: Carnivore
Average Lifespan in the Wild: 20 years
Read More: Atlantic puffin
Conservation Status: Status iucn3.1 VU.svg.png
Atlantic Puffin Anime Festival Pavilion Nexon Game

The Atlantic Puffin is an avian Friend species that debuted in the original Kemono Friends mobile game and later cameoed in the Kemono Friends anime. She has since appeared in Kemono Friends Pavilion and Kemono Friends Festival.

Appearance

Atlantic Puffin has shoulder length, dark gray hair which curves at the back. Her bangs are white except at the center where the gray color of the rest of her hair flows down in a cone shape and attaches to a diamond shaped light orange marking with a red streak in the center and two adjacent gray colored triangle markings. In addition, she has two orange colored pseudo eyes adjacent to these markings, all of which resemble the eyes, facial feathers and beak of her real-life counterpart. In her hair she has two small gray outstretched wings with a white line of covert feathers. She has maroon colored eyes with very prominent lashes.

Atlantic Puffin wears a slim dark gray scarf around her neck and a cropped two-button gray blazer which she is wearing unbuttoned. Underneath she wears a snow-white vest featuring a single breast pocket over a white blouse and tie. She is also wearing a white ruffled hem skirt. As footwear she sports a pair of red gym shoes as well as a pair of matching red socks. Her tail feathers are gray and in flight position.

Atlantic Puffin is also depicted eating "Japari Chips" and subsequently has crumbs on her face.

In Real Life

A hungry Atlantic puffin.

The Atlantic puffin is one of the more recognisable birds in the animal kingdom. They can be found on the coasts of north west Europe, as well as eastern North America. They are sometimes referred to as "sea parrots" or "clowns of the sea" due to their colourful appearance. They can be found both at sea and on rocky cliff sides.

Despite being birds, they spend the vast majority of their lives on the water, only coming up onto the land in order to breed or socialise. They're excellent swimmers and use their webbed feet and wings to propel themselves through the water. When it's time to rest, Atlantic puffins coast on top of the water until they're ready. While Atlantic puffins can fly at speeds of up to 55MPH, they're not very skilled at it; it's not uncommon to see puffins crash land onto dry ground or into water.

Atlantic puffins can dive up to 200 feet underwater, if only for 20-30 seconds. During these dives, puffins enjoy hunting and feeding on fish. One of their main delicacies is the energy-filled sandeel fish, which is the mainstay of the puffin's diet. In recent years, global warming has reduced the number of sandeel fish in the seas, as well as diminishing the amount of energy within them. This, in turn, has had a negative effect on puffin breeding success chances.

Atlantic puffins are very social creatures, and often engage in 'loafing' — hanging around cliff faces in groups. If two puffins want to mate, they'll begin a courtship ritual called 'billing', where they rub their beaks together in a gesture not unlike kissing. Two puffins billing can often draw an interested crowd and may even incite excitement amongst the other puffins.

Egg-laying season for mates usually takes place in April or May. A pair of puffins may form a nest in the dirt, or take over the warren of a rabbit or Manx shearwater. If they can't, they may decide to build a nest amongst the cliffs instead. Puffins lay a single egg, but will reuse the same next over subsequent years. Once the egg is hatched, it takes approximately six weeks for a young puffin (or 'puffling') to become self-dependent.

Trivia

  • During the mating season, a male puffin's beak will turn yellow, orange, and blue.
  • A puffin can hold 20 fish in its beak.

References

http://www.nhptv.org/natureworks/atlanticpuffin.htm

https://www.rspb.org.uk/birds-and-wildlife/wildlife-guides/bird-a-z/puffin/nesting-and-breeding-habits/

http://jncc.defra.gov.uk/page-2966

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/animals/birds/a/atlantic-puffin/

http://www.natureofthewild.com/articles/AtlanticPuffins.htm

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