Yellow-eyed Penguins

Yellow-eyed Penguin, Megadyptes antipodes

Yellow-eyed Penguin
(Megadyptes antipodes
)

Stats

Family – Spheniscidae – all penguins are in this family
Genus – Megadyptes– there are two species in this genus, the Yellow-eyed penguin and the extinct Waitaha penguin
Species – antipodes
Size – 24-31 inches tall
Weight – 12-18 pounds
Diet – Fish and squid
Conservation Status – Endangered

Habitat

Pic

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Yellow-eyed penguin, Dunedin, New Zealand

**Feature image up top New Zealand Yellow Eyed Penguin by Ben Tubby on Flickr**

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Western Rockhopper

Western Rockhopper Penguin

Western Rockhopper Penguin
(Eudyptes chrysocome 
chrysocome)

Rockhoppers are classified as Northern or Southern. Southern rockhoppers are then further identified as Eastern or Western. This post is all about the Western Rockhopper Penguin.

Stats

Family – Spheniscidae – all penguins are in this family
Genus – Eudyptes – all crested penguins are this genus – (Fiordland penguin, Snares penguinErect-crested penguin, Eastern rockhopper penguin, Western rockhopper penguin, Northern rockhopper penguinRoyal penguin, Macaroni penguin)
Species – E. chrysocome
Subspecies – E. chrysocome chrysocome
Size – ~18-23 inches tall
Weight – ~5-7 pounds
Diet – Krill and small crustaceans
Conservation Status – Vulnerable

Habitat

Pic


By Stan Shebs, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=122709

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Snares Penguin

Snares Penguin
(Eudyptes robustus)

Stats

Family – Spheniscidae – all penguins are in this family
Genus – Eudyptes – all crested penguins are this genus – (Fiordland penguin, Snares penguin, Erect-crested penguin, Eastern rockhopper penguin, Western rockhopper penguin, Northern rockhopper penguinRoyal penguin, Macaroni penguin)
Species – E. robustus
Size – 19-27 inches tall
Weight – 5-9 pounds
Diet – Krill, squid, and fish
Conservation Status – Vulnerable

Habitat

Pics

Snares Islands covered by Snares Crested Penguins

Snares Crested Penguin

*Feature Image Up Top by lin padgham on Flickr. So cute! *

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Royal Penguins

Royal Penguin

Royal Penguin
(Eudyptes schlegeli)

Stats

Family – Spheniscidae – all penguins are in this family
Genus – Eudyptes – all crested penguins are this genus – (Fiordland penguin, Snares penguin, Erect-crested penguin, Eastern rockhopper penguin, Western rockhopper penguin, Northern rockhopper penguin, Royal penguin, Macaroni penguin)
Species – E. schlegeli
Size – ~28 inches tall
Weight – 6-17 pounds
Diet – Krill and fish
Conservation Status – Near Threatened

Habitat

Pics

Royal Penguin Close up
Royal Penguin
Royal penguins sparring at The Nuggets
Royal Penguin


*Feature Image Up Top by Su Yin Khoo on Flickr. So cute! *

 

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Northern Rockhopper Penguin

Northern Rockhopper Penguin

Northern Rockhopper Penguin
(Eudyptes moseleyi)

Rockhoppers are classified as Northern or Southern. Southern rockhoppers are then further identified as Eastern or Western. This post is all about the Northern Rockhopper Penguin.

Stats

Family – Spheniscidae – all penguins are in this family
Genus – Eudyptes – all crested penguins are this genus – (Fiordland penguin, Snares penguin, Erect-crested penguin, Eastern rockhopper penguin, Western rockhopper penguin, Northern rockhopper penguin, Royal penguin, Macaroni penguin)
Species – E. moseleyi
Size – ~23 inches tall
Weight – ~7 pounds
Diet – Krill and small crustaceans
Conservation Status – Endangered

Habitat

On the screen

Cody Maverick, in the 2007 film Surf’s Up.

2007 Surf’s Up

Pic

London Zoo 11-03-2013
Rockhopper Penguin at London Zoo by Karen Roe

*Feature Image Up Top by Brian Gratwicke on Flickr. Please view this gorgeous pic as large as you can, it’s stunning! *

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Magellanic penguin, Spheniscus magellanicus

Magellanic Penguin
(Spheniscus magellanicus)

Stats

Family – Spheniscidae – all penguins are in this family

Genus – Spheniscus – The banded penguins – African penguin, Galápagos penguin, Humboldt penguin, Magellanic penguin

Species – S. magellanicus  – Magellanic Penguin

Size – 24 to 30″ tall

Weight – 6 to 14 pounds

Diet – Small fish, krill, and squid

Conservation Status – Near Threatened

Habitat

Pics

Magellanic Penguins


Magellanic Penguin

Feature image up top Magellanic Penguin by Don Faulkner, on Flickr

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Macaroni Penguin

Macaroni Penguin

Macaroni Penguin
(Eudyptes chrysolophus)

Stats

Family – Spheniscidae – all penguins are in this family
Genus – Eudyptes – All the crested penguins, Macaroni, Rockhopper, etc.
Species – E. chrysolophus – Macaroni Penguin
Size – About 28″ tall
Weight – About 12 pounds
Diet – Small fish and squid
Conservation Status – Vulnerable

Habitat

Pics

macaroni 2

Feature Image up top by Liam Quinn from Canada (Macaroni Penguin amid Tussock Grass) [CC BY-SA 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

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Little Blue Penguin by Chris Stevens on Flickr

Little Blue Penguin, Eudyptula minor

Little Blue Penguin
(Eudyptula minor)

Stats

Family – Spheniscidae – all penguins are in this family
Genus – Eudyptula – Little Blue Penguin and White-Flippered Penguin
Species – E. Minor – Little Blue Penguin
Size – 13-17″
Weight – ~3 pounds
Diet – small fish and crustaceans
Conservation Status – Least concern
AKA – Little Penguin, Fairy Penguin

Habitat

Pics

Buddies
Buddies by Daniel Pietzsch, on Flickr

(Featured image up top Little Blue Penguin by Chris Stevens, on Flickr)

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King Penguin (Aptenodytes patagonicus)

King penguin, Aptenodytes patagonicus

King Penguin
(Aptenodytes patagonicus)

 

Stats

Family – Spheniscidae – all penguins are in this family
Genus – Aptenodytes – The Great Penguins – Emperor and King
Species – A. patagonicus – King Penguin
Size – 2 to 3 1/2 feet tall
Weight – between 24-35 pounds
Diet – Small fish and squid
Conservation Status – Least concern

Habitat

Pics

King Penguins - Salisbury Plain

King Penguin Chick at Salisbury Plain

Feature image up top:  King Penguin (Aptenodytes patagonicus) by David Cook, on Flickr

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Humboldt Penguins

Humboldt Penguin

Humboldt Penguin
(Spheniscus humboldti)

Humboldt Penguin 4

 

Stats

Family – Spheniscidae – all penguins are in this family
Genus – Spheniscus – The banded penguins – African penguinGalápagos penguin, Humboldt penguin, Magellanic penguin
Species – S. humboldti – Humboldt Penguin
Size – 22 to 28 inches tall
Weight – between 8-13 pounds
Diet – Small fish like anchovies and sardines
Conservation Status – Vulnerable

Habitat

Humboldt Penguins are found all along the coasts of Chile and Peru. Even though it looks like a lot, there are only an estimated 3,300 – 12,000.

Pic

Humboldt Penguin Spheniscus humboldti Newquay Zoo

Featured Image By Drcwp1Own work, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=3330949

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Gentoo Penguins

Gentoo Penguin

Gentoo Penguin
(Pygoscelis papua)

Antarctica 2013: Journey to the Crystal Desert

Stats

Family – Spheniscidae – all penguins are in this family
Genus – Pygoscelis – The “brush-tailed” penguins – Adelie, Chinstrap, Gentoo
Species – P. papua – Gentoo Penguin
Size – 20 to 35 inches tall
Weight – between 10-20 pounds
Diet – Mostly krill, some fish and squid
Conservation Status – Near threatened

Habitat

Pic


By Arturo de Frias MarquesOwn work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=34627308

Penguins on the Set

Gentoo penguins were chosen for Mr. Popper’s Penguins!

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Galapagos penguin, Spheniscus mendiculus

Galapagos Penguin
(Spheniscus mendiculus)

Stats

Family – Spheniscidae – all penguins are in this family
Genus – Spheniscus – the banded penguins, African, Galapagos, Humboldt, and Magellanic
Species – S. mendiculus – Galapagos Penguin
Size – ~19 inches tall
Weight – ~5-6 pounds
Diet – Small fish
Conservation Status: Endangered

Habitat

Pics

Galapagos penguin, Puerto Villamil, Isabela, Galapagos
Galapagos penguin, Puerto Villamil, Isabela, Galapagos by alex_7719, on Flickr

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Fiordland Penguin

Fiordland Penguin

Fiordland Penguin
(Eudyptes pachyrhynchus)

Stats

Family – Spheniscidae – all penguins are in this family
Genus – Eudyptes – All the crested penguins, Macaroni, Rockhopper, etc.
Species – E. pachyrhynchus – Fiordland Penguin
Size – ~24 inches tall
Weight – between 4-13 pounds
Diet – Krill & Squid & Fish
Conservation Status: Vulnerable

Habitat

Fiordland coast and its outlying islands/ Stewart Island

Pics

Fiordland Crested Penguin

 

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Erect-crested penguin

Erect-crested penguin
(Eudyptes sclateri)

Stats

Family – Spheniscidae – all penguins are in this family
Genus – Eudyptes – All the crested penguins, Macaroni, Rockhopper, etc.
Species – E. sclateri – Erect-crested penguin
Size – 20-28 inches tall
Weight – between 5-13 pounds
Diet – Krill & Squid
Conservation Status: Endangered

Habitat

Islands off the coast of New Zealand

Pics

Erect Crested Penguin
Erect crested penguin by Keith Cowton

 

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Emperor Penguin

Emperor Penguin
(Aptenodytes forsteri)

Emperor Penguins

Emperor Penguins are the largest of all living penguins. I learned most of what I know about emperors from March of the Penguins. It’s an awesome documentary that follows the breeding cycle of these majestic birds.

Stats

Family – Spheniscidae – all penguins are in this family
Genus – Aptenodytes – “The Great Penguins” – King and Emperor
Species – A. forsteri – Emperor
Size – ~48 inches tall
Weight – between 49-99 pounds
Diet – Mostly fish
Conservation Status – Near Threatened

Habitat

Antarctic

Pics

The photos in this post (including the featured image) were taken by Christopher Michel in December of 2013. You can view his large and gorgeous collection of photos on his Flickr site or his SmugMug site. I prefer looking at pics on SmugMug. I had a ton of his photos on this post, but I feel like y’all should really just look at his work on his pages. He is fabulous! Go there after you read the last bit here!

Emperor Penguins

 

On the screen

Emperor penguins are very popular for the big screen. As mentioned before there is the great documentary, March of the Penguins. Also, Happy Feet, which is a very cute movie with environmental education worked in, and Surf’s Up, which I have not seen, but plan to watch soon. If you’ve seen it, let me know how it is!

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Rockhopper Penguin (Eastern)

Eastern Rockhopper Penguin
(Eudyptes chrysocome filholi)

Rockhoppers are classified as Northern or Southern. Southern rockhoppers are then further identified as Eastern or Western. This post is all about the Eastern rockhopper penguin.

Stats

Family – Spheniscidae – all penguins are in this family
Genus – Eudyptes – all crested penguins are this genus
Species – E. chrysocome – Eastern and Western (collectively Southern)
Sub-species – Eudyptes chrysocome filholi
Size – ~20 inches tall
Weight – ~5-6 pounds
Diet – Krill and small crustaceans

Habitat

Islands in the southern Indian Ocean

On the screen

Lovelace in Happy Feet voiced by Robin Williams

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Pic

These guys are cute with their yellow crest feathers!

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Short and sweet! Hope y’all enjoy your week!

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Chinstrap Penguin

Chinstrap Penguin (Pygoscelis antarctica)

Stats

Family – Spheniscidae – all penguins are in this family
Genus – Pygoscelis, the Brush-tailed penguins – Adelie, Chinstrap, Gentoo
Species – P. antarcticus
Size – ~28 inches tall
Weight – ~10 pounds
Diet – Krill
AKA: Ringed penguin, Bearded penguin, Stonecracker penguin
Conservation Status – Least concern

Habitat

Pic

Chinstrap Penguins

**Feature image at the top of the post is deception island  by Christopher Michel, on Flickr**

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African Penguin

African Penguin (Spheniscus demersus)

Family – Spheniscidae
Genus – Spheniscus
Species – demersus
Size – 24 to 28 inches tall
AKA – Jackass Penguin
Diet – Anchovies please!

Habitat – south-western coast of Africa

These penguins are on the endangered species list. A large reason for this is because humans took their guano to use for fertilizer. The guano is used for insulation of their eggs, so no guano is no bueno. There are conservation efforts though! The African Penguin and Seabird Sanctuary (APSS) builds penguin houses which aides in the breeding efforts. So awesome!

African penguin colony, Bettys Bay

Southern African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds also helps tremendously.

SANCCOB is a registered non-profit organisation (NPO 003-134) whose primary objective is to reverse the decline of seabird populations through the rescue, rehabilitation and release of ill, injured, abandoned and oiled seabirds – especially endangered species like the African penguin.

And y’all can adopt a penguin here! Not to take home, but they’ll send pics! What a great way to save the penguins!

*Feature image up top, An injured African Penguin by Grant Peters on Flickr*

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Adelie penguin

Adelie Penguin

Last updated: September 1, 2016 at 19:42 pm

Adelie Penguin (Pygoscelis adeliae)

Read all about Adelie Penguins!

Stats

Family – Spheniscidae – all penguins are in this family
Genus – Pygoscelis, the Brush-tailed penguins – Adelie, Chinstrap, Gentoo
Species – adeliae – Adelie Penguins
Size – 18-28 inches
Weight – 8-13 pounds
Diet – Krill and squid
Conservation Status – Near threatened
Movie Sighting – Madagascar – Skipper,Kowaski,Rico,and Private

Habitat

These penguins live all along the coast of Antarctica. The make their nests out of rocks and each breeding pair usually lays a couple of eggs.

They have quite the fearless attitude as told in the book The Worst Journey in the World:

“It was not an uncommon sight to see a little Adélie penguin standing within a few inches of the nose of a dog which was almost frantic with desire and passion.”

I am putting this book on my wish list!

They are very cute penguins! (Aren’t they all?) They have cute white circles around their eyes:

Adelie Penguin (5914568080)
Adelie Penguin
And larger tails than other species of penguins:

http://www.penguinscience.com/education/src/tail.jpg Adelie
Image from Penguin Science page all about Adelie tails!

Wikipedia: Adélie penguin
Poop discovery

Next week’s penguin is the African penguin!

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