GENTOO PENGUINS (Pygoscelis papua)

Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmailFacebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmail

GENTOO PENGUINS (Pygoscelis papua)

SIZE:

  • 24-30 in. (61-76 cm)
  • 12-14 lb (5.5-6.5 kg)

THREAT LEVEL:

Least concern

DISTRIBUTION:

  • Antarctica and islands around Antarctica

HABITAT:

Colonies are usually smaller and less densely packed than Adelie or Chinstrap penguins, their closest relatives. In the sub-Antarctic, the nests are often found in tussocks, whereas on the Antarctic Peninsula they nest on stony, ice-free areas and beaches.

MARKINGS:

A white band runs eye-to-eye across the head. The orange-red lower mandible is also a distinct feature. Two subspecies are recognized: a larger form in the sub-Antarctic and a smaller, but otherwise similar subspecies on the Antarctic Peninsula.

NEST TYPE:

  • In colonies out in the open

PREY:

  • Krill, squid

PREDATORS:

  • Leopard seals, Antarctic fur seals, New Zealand sea lions, Southern sea lions, skuas

POPULATION ESTIMATE:

  • 317,000 breeding pairs

Sources:

http://www.penguins.cl/penguins-species.htm

http://www.penguinworld.com/types/adelie.html

http://www.iucnredlist.org

noaa.org

###

#penguins #birds #Antarctica

Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmailFacebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmail

FacebooktwitterlinkedinFacebooktwitterlinkedin
Ad