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‘Puffins are very affectionate birds, often rattling their bills together as if kissing…The name ‘puffin’ itself comes from old English meaning ‘puffed-out’ or ‘fat’ and was originally applied to shearwaters. The Irish Puifin is probably borrowed directly from the English. The alternative Albanach, a Scotsman or Protestant reflects the birds solemn expression and black colouring’

Birds of Ireland, Facts, Folklore & History – Glynn Anderson

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