Tufted Puffin

Photo Credit: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service


  • Species Common Name Tufted Puffin
  • Species Scientific Name Fratercula cirrhata
  • State Listing Status Sensitive


Special needs

Tufted Puffins nest in burrows or crevices on coastal islands and rocky headlands. They prefer steep slopes with deep soil for burrowing. Tufted Puffins require sites with minimal human or mammalian disturbance.

Limiting factors

Availability of habitat with suitable nesting substrate (soils for burrowing) is naturally limited in Oregon. This species is vulnerable to impacts from human disturbance, predators, and oil spills.

Conservation actions

Prevent introduction of ground predators and human disturbance near nesting areas. Monitor and minimize negative impacts of ocean energy development. Take precautions to protect against oil spills.

Key reference or plan

Regional Seabird Conservation Plan, Pacific Region