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Falkland Flightless Steamer Duck
2006-03-09 10:16:46

The Falkland Steamerduck (Tachyeres brachypterus) is a duck endemic to the Falkland Islands in the southern Atlantic Ocean. It is one of only two bird species native to the Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas in Spanish), the other being Cobb's Wren. The Falkland Steamerduck's wings are very short (hence the scientific name: brachy = "short", and pteron = "wing"), making it unable to fly. The...

Galpagos Penguin
2006-02-20 12:22:37

The Galápagos Penguin (Spheniscus mendiculus) is a penguin common to the Galápagos Islands. It is the only penguin to live on the equator. Its nearest relatives are the African Penguin, the Magellanic Penguin and the Humboldt Penguin. The Galápagos Penguin occurs primarily on Fernandina Island and the west coast of Isabela Island, but small populations are scattered on other islands in...

Humboldt Penguin
2006-02-20 12:10:17

The Humboldt Penguin (Spheniscus humboldti) is a South American species which breeds in coastal Peru and Chile. Its nearest relatives are the African Penguin, the Magellanic Penguin and the Galápagos Penguin. Thise penguin is named after Alexander von Humboldt, a naturalist and explorer who first described the animal. Humboldt Penguins are medium-sized, black and white penguins, growing...

Magellanic Penguin
2006-02-20 11:55:42

The Magellanic penguin (Spheniscus magellanicus) is a South American penguin which breeds in coastal Argentina, Chile and the Falkland Islands, with some migrating to Brazil. It is the most numerous of the Spheniscus penguins. Its nearest relatives are the African Penguin, the Humboldt Penguin and the Galápagos Penguin. This medium-sized, black and white penguin grows to an average of 76...

African Penguin
2006-02-20 11:50:52

The African Penguin (Spheniscus demersus) is also known as the Jackass Penguin (after its donkey-like braying call). This penguin can be found on the south-western coast of Africa, living in colonies on 24 islands between Namibia and Algoa Bay, near Port Elizabeth, South Africa, with the largest colony on Dyer Island, near Kleinbaai. Two colonies were established by penguins in the 1980s on the...

White-flippered Penguin
2006-02-20 11:40:25

The White-Flippered Penguin (Eudyptula albosignata) is the smallest species of penguin found in New Zealand. It nests only on Banks Peninsula and Motunau Island and is considered to be endangered with only around 3,750 breeding pairs. It is often considered to be a sub-species of the Little Penguin or even a mere variation of that species. Typically growing to 30 centimeters tall and...

Little Penguin
2006-02-20 11:27:29

Little Penguins (Eudyptula minor) have several common names. In Australia they are often referred to as Fairy Penguins due to their small size. In New Zealand they are called Little Blue Penguins or just Blue Penguins owing to their plumage color, the New Zealand Māori call them Korora. In Chile they are known as Pingüino pequeño or Pingüino azul. They are the smallest species...

Yellow-eyed Penguin
2006-02-20 11:14:38

The Yellow-eyed Penguin (Megadyptes antipodes), sometimes referred to as Hoiho, is a penguin found in New Zealand, on the south-east coast of South Island, Foveaux Strait and Stewart Island/Rakiura, and Auckland and Campbell Islands. This is a medium-sized penguin with pale yellow eyes. It grows to approximately 65cm and the average weight for an adult is 5-6 kilograms. It has a pale yellow...

Macaroni Penguin
2006-02-20 11:10:45

The Macaroni Penguin (Eudyptes chrysolophus) is a species of penguin which is closely related to the Rockhopper Penguin. This is black and white penguin with a yellowish orange plume located above its eye. It typically lays two eggs but abandons the first. The eggs hatch around 34 days after they are laid. Its weighs around 4.5kg and is roughly 45-55cm tall. It eats squid, krill and other...

Erect-crested Penguin
2006-02-20 11:05:55

The Erect-crested Penguin (Eudyptes sclateri) is found in New Zealand and breeds on the Bounty and Antipodes Islands in large colonies on rocky terrain. This is a medium-sized, yellow-crested, black-and-white penguin that grows to approximately 60cm. It has bluish-black to jet black upperparts and white underparts. It has a broad, bright yellow eyebrow-stripe which extends over the eye to...

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