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  Erect-crested Penguin (Eudyptes sclateri)





Erect-crested Penguin | Eudyptes sclateri photo
Erect-crested Penguin (Eudyptes sclateri) colony, Anchorage Bay, Antipodes Island, New Zealand

Image by LawrieM - License: Public Domain.    (view image details)

Erect-crested Penguin | Eudyptes sclateri photo
Erect-crested Penguin (Eudyptes sclateri) colony, Anchorage Bay, Antipodes Island, New Zealand.

Image by LawrieM - License: Public Domain.    (view image details)



BIRD FACTS

Description
The Erect-crested Penguin is a crested penguin with black face, black throat, black back and wings and white underside. As its name indicates, it has a "sticking up" spiky yellow crest. The bill is dark orange with a patch of bare skin at the base of the bill. Immature birds are greyish with small crest.

Size
70 cm

Habitat
open ocean, rocky coastland

Food
krill, fish, squid

Breeding
nest in large colonies on rocky terrain

Range
It breeds on islands off New Zealand. It is a vagrant to Australia.

distribution map showing range of Eudyptes sclateri in Australia

Map is from Atlas of Living Australia website at http://biocache.ala.org.au licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Australia License




Classification
Class:Aves
Order:Sphenisciformes
Family:Spheniscidae
Genus:Eudyptes
Species:sclateri
Common Name:Erect-crested Penguin

Relatives in same Genus
  Rockhopper Penguin (E. chrysocome)
  Macaroni Penguin (E. chrysolophus)
  Fiordland Penguin (E. pachyrhynchus)
  Snares Penguin (E. robustus)
  Royal Penguin (E. schlegeli)