Punk rock comes to American postage stamps at last! Well, not really. In 2013, the U.S. Postal Service will issue a new stamp in celebration of the tufted puffin (Fratercula cirrhata), an unmistakable bird named for the striking tufts of long, yellow feathers that grow from the sides of its head during breeding season.
Looking a bit like a punk rock haircut (or perhaps like a clown costume), the tufts accent the bold coloring of the bird’s black body, white facial mask, and bright orange bill and webbed feet.
The largest of the three puffin species, the tufted puffin is found on the open ocean, islands, and coastal areas of the North Pacific. But its true home is the sea, as it hunts underwater and spends most of its life far from land. The birds have adapted to an unusually broad range of ocean habitats, raising their young anywhere from southern California to arctic Alaska. In the United States, tufted puffins can be also found in Oregon and Washington.
This stamp is designed for heavier single-piece First-Class Mail weighing more than two ounces and up to and including three ounces. A release date has not yet been set.