15 December 2020

New Arrival - taxidermied horned puffin

(Fratercula corniculata J. F. Naumann, 1821)

The museum’s collection has recently been replenished with a taxidermied juvenile horned puffin, captured in 2019 in Chukotka by Kuklin Kai Georgievich. The taxidermied animal was made by the museum's taxidermist technician.


The horned puffin (Fratercula corniculata J. F. Naumann, 1821) is a seabird from the genus of puffins of the family of auks.


The paws of an adult horned puffin are red-orange or red. The fingers have sharp claws. There is the webbing between the toes. The beak is short, thick at the base. Males are larger than females. The coloration of males and females is the same. They bear resemblance to puffins nesting in the North Atlantic and the Barents Sea, although they do have some morphological differences, which allow the horned puffins and Atlantic puffin to be classified as different species. For this reason, the use of the common name "Pacific puffin" for the horned puffin is also incorrect.


Horned puffins nest on the North Pacific coast. They dig long burrows in which they build nests from feathers, leaves, and grass, preferring to live in large colonies. Each pair lays only one egg per year, which is incubated by both parents.

They feed on fish, zooplankton, and squid.

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