LITTLE (BLUE) PENGUINS (Eudyptula minor)
- Up to 16 in. (41 cm)
- 2 lb (1 kg)
- Southern Australia, New Zealand
They forage during the day and often will sleep beside the nest at night after they have fed chicks. This species nests in burrows, under trees, in rock crevices, and sometimes in caves. Usually nests are clustered to form colonies, but single breeding pairs are not uncommon. At sea Little Penguins are often found alone or in small groups of up to ten birds, but sometimes these groups can be much larger. Although foraging trip durations can be highly variable, Little Penguins tend to stay close to the coast.
Smallest of all penguins, they have slate blue feathers and silver eyes.
- burrow, cave or under bushes
- Small fishes like anchovies and sardines
- 700,000-1.2 million individuals
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