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Bird Illustrations

Water Perching Birds

Puffins, Watercolor Illustrations


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Atlantic Puffin (Fratercula arctica), watercolor

About the illustration:
See preliminary pencil study for sketch of puffin flying:
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Commissioned by: Wisconsin Sea Grant, University of Wisconsin­Madison

About Atlantic Puffins:
Puffins are seabirds. They eat fish, which they catch by diving for them. They can dive fifty to two hundred feet underwater. It is also referred to as the "common puffin". Photographs often show puffins with numerous fish hanging out of their beaks at one time. They live most of their lives at sea and live about twenty years.

Taxonomy:
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata (having a spinal chord)
Class: Aves (birds)
Order: Charadriiformes (waders/shorebirds, gulls, auks)
Family: Alcidae (auks)
Genus: Fratercula
Species: F. arctica

More about puffins:
Birds of Nova Scotia, Atlantic Puffin
National Geographic, Atlantic Puffin Profile

Also See:

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