Macaroni Penguin

Theme area:  Isla de Hielo
Scientific name:  Eudyptes chrysolophus
Class:  Birds
Continent:  Antarctica
Habitat:  Oceans and Seas
Diet:  Piscivorous
Weight:  5 kg
Size:  50 - 70 cm
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Macarroni Penguins are found on the edges of Antarctica and on the sub-Antarctic islands of southern America and Africa.

There is no sexual dimorphism and their main characteristic is their yellow crest of feathers.

Macarroni Penguins live on clifftops in groups of up to 2.5 million individual birds. They make their nests by scraping out mud or gravel. Clutches consist of 2 eggs, of which the first one rarely develops. Incubation is shared by both parents and hatching occurs after 33-37 days. After hatching, the male takes care of the chick for 23-25 days while the female brings food daily.

The main threats faced by this species are overfishing of krill, pollution and global warming.

Conservation Status
Extinct in the wild
Critically endangered
Near threatened
Least concern
Insufficient data
Not evaluated


Penguins, unlike flying birds, have solid bones to allow them to dive deeper and stay underwater for long periods of time.
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