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A puffling of a horned puffin (Fratercula corniculata) at the Alaska SeaLife Center in Seward, Alaska, USA

puff(in) +‎ -ling.



puffling (plural pufflings)

  1. A young puffin.
    • 1962, Robert Porter Allen, The Giant Golden Book of Birds: An Introduction to Familiar and Interesting Birds of the World, New York, N.Y.: Golden Press, →OCLC, page 54, column 2:
      These fish are brought to the fluffy little Puffins in their snug nests inside of a burrow or under a slab of rock. The babies are called “Pufflings.”
    • 2006 May 7, “Escape’s picks of the week: The wildlife holiday”, in The Observer[1], London, →ISSN, →OCLC, archived from the original on 22 September 2014:
      Visit Iceland this August and you could help to rescue pufflings – baby puffins – who get confused by town street lights and crash into towns when leaving their burrows to fly over the Atlantic for the first time.
    • 2007, Katherine Zecca, A Puffin’s Year, [Camden, Me.]: Down East Books, →ISBN:
      Whee-er-er, whee-er-er! the puffling cries because he is hungry. Mama puffin arrives and lays her mouthful of live fish close to the front of the burrow.
    • 2009 September 3, “Kids patrol to help lost puffins”, in CBBC Newsround[2], archived from the original on 6 March 2016:
      When they're old enough the young puffins, or pufflings as they're called, have to fly off to find food.
    • 2012, Arin Murphy-Hiscock, “Puffin”, in Birds: A Spiritual Field Guide: Explore the Symbology & Significance of These Divine Winged Messengers, Avon, Mass.: Adams Media, →ISBN, page 155:
      Both parents feed the infant puffling until it is very fat, then leave the chick, who must make its own way to the sea.


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