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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
Zügelpinguin
 
English English
Chinstrap Penguin
 
Spanish Español
Pygoscelis antarctica
 
Finnish Suomi
Myssypingviini
 
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
ヒゲペンギン
 
Dutch Nederlands
Stormbandpinguïn
 
Norwegian Norsk
Ringpingvin
 
Portuguese Português
Pinguim-de-barbicha
 
Swedish Svenska
Ringpingvin
 
Chinese 中文
南極企鵝
 

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Chinstrap Penguin Facts

Kingdom:
Five groups that classify all living things...
Animalia
Phylum:
A group of animals within the animal kingdom...
Chordata
Class:
A group of animals within a pylum...
Aves
Order:
A group of animals within a class...
Sphenisciformes
Family:
A group of animals within an order...
Spheniscidae
Genus:
A group of animals within a family...
Pygoscelis
Scientific Name:
Comprised of the genus followed by the species...
Pygoscelis Antarcticus
Type:
The animal group that the species belongs to...
Bird
Diet:
What kind of foods the animal eats...
Carnivore
Size (H):
How long (L) or tall (H) the animal is...
60cm - 68cm (24in - 27in)
Weight:
The measurement of how heavy the animal is...
3kg - 6kg (6.6lbs - 13lbs)
Life Span:
How long the animal lives for...
15 - 20 years
Lifestyle:
Whether the animal is solitary or sociable...
Colony
Conservation Status:
The likelihood of the animal becoming extinct...
Least Concern
Colour:
The colour of the animal's coat or markings...
Black, White, Grey
Skin Type:
The protective layer of the animal...
Feathers
Favourite Food:Krill
Habitat:
The specific area where the animal lives...
Rocky Antarctic Islands
Average Litter Size:
The average number of babies born at once...
2
Main Prey:
The food that the animal gains energy from...
Krill, Fish, Shrimp
Predators:
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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