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  Fiordland Penguin (Eudyptes pachyrhynchus)





Fiordland Penguin | Eudyptes pachyrhynchus photo
Fiordland Penguin, Doubtful Sound, South Island, New Zealand

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FIORDLAND PENGUIN FACTS

Description
The Fiordland Penguin is a crested penguin with black face, black throat, black back and wings and white underside. It has yellow eyebrow bar above the eye with a small crest. It has some white streaks on the face under the eye. The bill is orange with no patch of bare skin near the base. Immature birds are grey with pale yellow head marking and no obvious crest. It is similar to Snares Penguin but no bare skin at base of bill.

Size
57 cm

Habitat
open ocean, rocky shore and coastal forest

Food
krill, fish, squid

Breeding
Nests in colonies among rocks and tree roots in coastal forest

Range
In Australia it is a vagrant to Tasmania and Victoria. It breeds in South Island of New Zealand and islands in the area.

distribution map showing range of Eudyptes pachyrhynchus 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:pachyrhynchus
Common Name:Fiordland Penguin

Relatives in same Genus
  Rockhopper Penguin (E. chrysocome)
  Macaroni Penguin (E. chrysolophus)
  Snares Penguin (E. robustus)
  Royal Penguin (E. schlegeli)
  Erect-crested Penguin (E. sclateri)