ROCKHOPPER PENGUINS (Eudyptes chrysocome)

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ROCKHOPPER PENGUINS (Eudyptes chrysocome)

SIZE:

  • 16-18 in. (41-46 cm)
  • 5-6 lb (2.5 kg)

THREAT LEVEL:

Vulnerable

DISTRIBUTION:

  • Islands near Antarctica

HABITAT:

Breeding colonies are located on rocky slopes and in grass, sometimes in small caves, crevices or burrows.

MARKINGS:

Red eyes and drooping yellow crests that start behind the eyes. Rockhoppers are smaller than other crested penguins.

NEST TYPE:

  • In colonies out in the open with nests made from grass, peat, and pebbles.

PREY:

  • Fishes, squid, krill, crusaceans

PREDATORS:

New Zealand fur seals, New Zealand sea lions, Southern sea lions, skuas, gulls

POPULATION ESTIMATE:

  • 1.8 million breeding pairs

Sources:

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

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

http://www.iucnredlist.org

noaa.org

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