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Chinstrap Penguin

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Chinstrap Penguin (Pygoscelis antarctica)
Chinstrap Penguin
Chinstrap Penguin
Chinstrap penguin and chicks, Seal Island
Chinstrap Penguin
The chinstrap penguin is a small species of penguin which is found in habiting the rocky land and islands of the Antarctic Ocean. The chinstrap penguins name derives from the narrow black band under their heads.

Chinstrap penguins are one of the most easily identifiable of all of the penguin species, mainly due to the marking on their chins. Chinstrap penguins are also known to congregate together in their millions on small Antarctic islands. There are believed to be more than 7 million breeding pairs of chinstrap penguins.

Chinstrap penguins spend their lives hunting for krill and small fish and crustaceans in the surrounding waters, coming onto land to breed, rest and to escape the large ocean predators.

Chinstrap penguins are carnivorous birds, and catch numerous species of fish,, crabs, shrimp, squid and krill in their strong beaks. Parents hunt for food in the ocean to take back to their chicks on the land.

Due to the fact that there are few large animals inhabiting the frozen South Pole, the chinstrap penguin has few natural predators. Leopard seals, killer whales whales and the occasional passing shark are the main predators of the chinstrap penguin.

Female chinstrap penguins lay 2 eggs in a nest made out of stones on one of the rocky Antarctic islands, in November or December. The male chinstrap penguin and the female chinstrap penguin both take it in turns to keep the eggs warm, with the eggs hatching after about a month. The chicks stay in the nest until they are about a month old and are fed by both the female chinstrap penguin and the male chinstrap penguin.

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Chinstrap Penguin Translations

Czech Cesky
Tučňák uzdičkový
German Deutsch
English English
Chinstrap Penguin
Spanish Español
Pygoscelis antarctica
Finnish Suomi
French Français
Manchot à jugulaire
Hebrew עִבְרִית
פינגווין רצועת הסנטר
Croatian Hrvatski
Ogrličasti pingvin
Hungarian Magyar
Állszíjas pingvin
Italian Italiano
Pygoscelis antarctica
Japanese 日本語
Dutch Nederlands
Norwegian Norsk
Portuguese Português
Swedish Svenska
Chinese 中文

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Chinstrap Penguin Facts

Five groups that classify all living things...
A group of animals within the animal kingdom...
A group of animals within a pylum...
A group of animals within a class...
A group of animals within an order...
A group of animals within a family...
Scientific Name:
Comprised of the genus followed by the species...
Pygoscelis Antarcticus
The animal group that the species belongs to...
What kind of foods the animal eats...
Size (H):
How long (L) or tall (H) the animal is...
60cm - 68cm (24in - 27in)
The measurement of how heavy the animal is...
3kg - 6kg (6.6lbs - 13lbs)
Life Span:
How long the animal lives for...
15 - 20 years
Whether the animal is solitary or sociable...
Conservation Status:
The likelihood of the animal becoming extinct...
Least Concern
The colour of the animal's coat or markings...
Black, White, Grey
Skin Type:
The protective layer of the animal...
Favourite Food:Krill
The specific area where the animal lives...
Rocky Antarctic Islands
Average Litter Size:
The average number of babies born at once...
Main Prey:
The food that the animal gains energy from...
Krill, Fish, Shrimp
Other animals that hunt and eat the animal...
Leopard Seal, Killer Whale, Sea Birds
Distinctive Features:
Characteristics unique to the animal...
White face and thin, black line that runs under the chin

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