One of Britain’s most treasured birds, the puffin, has been classified as globally endangered.
After suffering a severe decline in population in recent years, experts revealed the disheartening news earlier today, as per an article in the Express.
The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) describes the beloved puffin, with its distinctive black, white, and bright coloring, as being “comical” when enhanced by its red and black eye-markings and orange legs.
Used as a symbol for books and other items, this beauty among seabirds is one of the world’s favorite birds.
According to the Telegraph, these members of the Auk family are also known as ‘sea parrots’ or ‘clowns of the sea’.
The prime-time to spot puffins in mainland Britain, per the Telegraph is now, between March and July. It also singles out the RSPB reserve Bempton Cliffs, near Bridlington in Yorkshire, as one of the best locations to watch puffins.
With its new ranking, the puffin has now joined a group of eight British species that have been classed as globally endangered. Sadly, other members include such rare birds as the Turtle Dove, Pochard Duck, Nightingale and the Curlew.
“While some declines may be due to climate change, other pressures affecting birds are probably linked to land use changes, habitat degradation, and predation,” said Andy Douse, Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) senior ornithologist.
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Source: Express, RSPB, Telegraph
Photo Credits: RSPB, BBC, pitchup.com