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  Snares Penguin (Eudyptes robustus)





Snares Penguin | Eudyptes robustus photo
Snares Crested Penguin (Eudyptes robustus), Snares Islands, North East Island, Station Cove

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Snares Penguin | Eudyptes robustus photo
Snares Penguins (Eudyptes robustus) diving.

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SNARES PENGUIN FACTS

Description
Snares 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. Some birds white streaks on the face under the eye. The bill is orange with a patch of bare skin near the base. Immature birds are grey with pale yellow head marking and no obvious crest. It is similar to the Fiordland Penguin but with bare skin at base of bill.

Size
57 cm

Habitat
open ocean, nest in colonies in coastal forests or on coastal rocks

Food
krill, fish, squid

Breeding
The nest is a shallow hole in the ground rimmed with mud and lined with grass, leaves, twigs, or pebbles

Range
Breeds only on Snares Group of islands south on New Zealand. In Australia it is a rare vagrant to the south east.

distribution map showing range of Eudyptes robustus 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:robustus
Common Name:Snares Penguin

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