CHINSTRAP PENGUINS (Pygoscelis antarctica)
- 18-24 in. (46-61 cm)
- 9 lb (4 kg)
Antarctica and nearby islands including South Georgia, South Orkney, South Shetland, Bouvetøya, Peter First, Heard and Balleny Islands, and the South Sandwich Islands, which is known to have the largest colonies of all islands.
Chinstraps prefer hillside slopes and rocky outcrops for breeding. Even when they swim, they appear to stay close to submerged ridges.
As the name implies, a signature black band curves under the chin, forming a “chinstrap.”
- Colonies out in the open. Colonies can be massive.
- Krill, small fishes
- Leopard seals, skuas, sheathbills
- 7.5 million breeding pairs
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