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Scientists Study Commune of Puffins and Storm-Petrels

A camera will be placed inside a puffin burrow this summer on Ellidaey island, which is part of the Westman Islands archipelago, south of Iceland, to monitor the commune of puffins and storm-petrels, which is unique in the world.

A flock of puffins. Photo by Páll Stefánsson.

The commune of these bird species has captured attention from the science community because it appears as if the storm-petrel takes advantage of the puffin’s efficiency of digging a burrow by making a nest inside it, Morgunbladid reports.

This type of arrangement is not known of anywhere else but on Ellidey, which has the largest puffin colony in the world. Europe’s largest storm-petrel colony is also located in the Westman Islands.

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