Published October 10, 2013
Aquatic Life , Birds , National Aquarium , News
Tags: Animal update, atlantic puffin, baby puffin, national aquarium, national aquarium in baltimore, puffin, puffin update
We’re happy to report that the puffin chick that recently hatched at the Aquarium continues to do well!
After spending close to 45 days tucked within its nesting burrow, our baby puffin emerged in early September and began to explore our Sea Cliffs exhibit.
Did you know? Atlantic puffin chicks are known to develop rather quickly! In the wild, they’re fully-fledged and ready to leave their parents after only six weeks.
DNA testing has confirmed that our chick is in fact female! Staff and visitors alike can easily identify our chick by her small, gray bill. It may take two or more years for the bright colors and large triangular bill, what’s commonly seen in mature puffins, to develop.
Stay tuned for more updates on our baby puffin!
Will and Kate who? At National Aquarium, we’re congratulating puffin parents Victor and Vixen on the birth of their female puffin chick!
This baby is the fourth chick for Victor and Vixen, the parents of the Aquarium’s first successful puffin chick back in 2006. Puffins co-parent their young and take turns incubating the egg, protecting their nest and carrying back small fish to keep their chick happily fed.
The Aquarium’s new addition hatched on July 4 after an incubation period of approximately 30 days. Our puffins nest in special enclosures created to mimic the deep burrows typically used by their species. In the wild, puffin couples have been observed reuniting at the same burrow site year after year.
Since her birth, the chick has been closely watched by our staff aviculturists. We’re happy to report that the baby is steadily gaining weight and appears to be quite healthy!
The baby puffin will remain within its burrow for 40 or more days before it begins making short exploratory trips into the exhibit.
Stay tuned for more updates on the newest addition to the Aquarium family!
The National Aquarium is happy to welcome “Squirt”, the newest addition to the puffin colony in the Sea Cliffs exhibit. Hatching sometime last night after a 34 day incubation period, this is the second successful hatching for our orange banded female and black banded male. Puffins form a pair bond and typically return to the same nest ground year after year. This pair’s first chick hatched in 2006, and was the first puffin born at the Aquarium!
Squirt weighs just 37 grams right now but should grow to be about 32 cm, or 12 inches, tall. He will remain in the nest box which is located on the far left side of the exhibit for several weeks and will be fed by both parent birds there.