More luck: breeding season (spring and early summer) is when they look their most clownish/lovely. The faces of both sexes become Bozo-white, their eyebrows sprout the feather tufts the species is named for, and even their feet go from salmon-colored to ripe orange. Their bills grow and also change color. (Like those of most birds', the puffin bill is a horny sheath of modified thick skin that is continually sloughed off and replenished.)
A couple tends one egg in a breeding colony, which is typically on an offshore outcropping. They take turns brooding, and then either babysitting or bringing home the bacon, which in this case is smelt, sardines, herring and such.
Have you ever seen these beauties in person?
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photo by Nathan Hamm on Flickr