Wild Winter: The Birrrds

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These three high-flying birds know how to brace the cold. But the cold isn’t their biggest threat anymore — we are. Learn more.


Known as “sea parrots,” puffins are recognizable by their orange-black bills. But they aren’t always this vibrant; their beaks and feet become brighter during breeding season. Over 90% of puffins are found in Europe, and over 80% found in just one country: Iceland.

Puffins are excellent fishermen. They will fly as far as 80 km (50 mi) to find good fish stocks to feed their pufflings five meals a day. But now fish stocks are dwindling, which has resulted in puffin populations to decline faster than previously believed.

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