Seabirds Archives - Oceana Canada

Bald eagle

Bald eagles are a large bird of prey that live along coastlines of both freshwater and marine waterways across North America. With a diet that consists mainly of fish, and sometimes even other seabirds and waterfowl, bald eagles rely heavily on the ocean. They are one of the most recognizable and iconic birds throughout North America. … Read more

Atlantic Puffin

Atlantic puffins are a colourful and charismatic seabird and are the only puffin that lives in the Atlantic Ocean. These seabirds are an icon of Atlantic Canada and are even the official provincial bird of Newfoundland and Labrador! Puffins are excellent swimmers and, like penguins, use their wings to swim underwater when chasing prey. They superficially … Read more

Thick-billed Murres

Thick-billed murres are a marine bird and the largest living member of the auk family. One of the most common Arctic bird species, these murres are deep-diving predators and regularly dive to depths of 100 metres in pursuit of prey such as fish, squid, crustaceans, polychaetes and molluscs. Incredibly, they are capable of diving deeper … Read more

Tufted Puffin

Tufted puffins are seabirds of the open waters, islands and coastal cliffs of the north Pacific, known for their bold, bright and adorable looks. As a member of the auk family, they are highly adapted for flight underwater, using their wings to “fly” through the water after diving to look for food. Tufted puffins are … Read more

Northern Gannet

Northern gannets live the vast majority of their lives at sea, only coming ashore to breed and raise their chicks. They are fast and powerful flyers, but can also glide for hours just above the waves, barely flapping their wings. They are plunge-divers, able to enter the water from heights of more than 30 meters … Read more