The new hatchling is from a line of National Aquarium puffins named after pastas

By Kelli Bender
September 24, 2019 01:44 PM
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Puffin chick Macaroni
Credit: The National Aquarium

The aquarium recently welcomed Macaroni the puffin. The baby bird is the 16th puffin chick to successfully hatch at the facility’s Sea Cliffs exhibit since 2006.

The newly hatched Macaroni will remain in their burrow for the next 40 days, accepting food and care from their parents. Once Macaroni fledges — develops their full feathers, including waterproofing — they will be ready to explore their exhibit.

Puffin chick Macaroni
Credit: The National Aquarium

Part of this exploration will include Macaroni meeting siblings Gnocchi and Ravioli from their parents’ previous breeding seasons.

Puffin chick Macaroni

The National Aquarium names their puffins according to lineage, picking themes for each family line to make identifying the birds easier. Macaroni, as the hatchling’s name reveals, is from the pasta-themed family line.