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  Macaroni Penguin (Eudyptes chrysolophus)





Macaroni Penguin | Eudyptes chrysolophus photo
Macaroni Penguin, Hannah Point, Livingston Island, Antarctic Peninsula

Image by Jerzy Strzelecki - Some rights reserved.    (view image details)

Macaroni Penguin | Eudyptes chrysolophus photo
Macaroni Penguin, Antarctica

Image by Jerzy Strzelecki - Some rights reserved.    (view image details)



MACARONI PENGUIN FACTS

Description
The Macaroni Penguin is a crested penguin with black face, black throat, black back and wings and white underside. It has long yellow crest that hangs downwards. The bill is orange brown with a patch of bare skin at the base of the bill. Immature birds are greyish with small crest. They breed on The Australian Territory of Heard Island and McDonald Islands.

Size
70 cm

Habitat
open ocean, shore

Food
krill, fish, squid

Breeding
The nest is a shallow scrape in the ground or amongst grass lined with pebbles or grass.

Range
In Australian territory, breeds on Heard Islands and McDonald Islands. Macaroni penguins are found from the Sub-Antarctic to the Antarctic Peninsula

distribution map showing range of Eudyptes chrysolophus 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:chrysolophus
Common Name:Macaroni Penguin

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