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Macaroni Penguin


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Macaroni Penguin
Macaroni Penguin
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Macaroni Penguin
Macaroni Penguin
The macaroni penguin is a large-sized species of penguin found in the Sub-Antarctic regions. the macaroni penguin is one of six species of crested penguins is so closely related to the royal penguin, that some people class the two as the same species.

The macaroni penguin spends most of its time during the colder winter months fishing in the cold oceans where the macaroni penguin is more protected from the bitter conditions of the Antarctic winter on the land. However, when the summer is approaching and temperatures at the South Pole increase, the macaroni penguin makes it way to land in order to breed.

The macaroni penguin is the most numerous species of penguin on the planet as there approximately 18 million macaroni penguin individuals. The macaroni penguin population numbers are declined severely over the past few decades meaning that the macaroni penguin is today considered to be a vulnerable species.

Macaroni penguins are one the biggest and heaviest species of penguin as adult macaroni penguins generally average about 70cm in height. The macaroni penguin also has a couple of very distinctive features including a long red-coloured beak and a crest of thin bright-yellow feathers on its head.

Like other penguin species, the macaroni penguin is a carnivorous animal as the only source of food is in the surrounding water. The macaroni penguin spends six months during the cold winter months hunting fish, squid, krill and crustaceans which the macaroni penguin catches in its long beak.

The macaroni penguin only has a couple of natural predators in the freezing Antarctic Ocean as there are only a number of animal species that can survive there. Leopard seals, killer whales and the occasional passing shark are the only real predators of the macaroni penguin.

The macaroni penguin returns to the land during the warmer summer months in order to breed. Macaroni penguins gather in large colonies which can contain up to 100,000 individuals in order to lay their eggs. Female macaroni penguins generally lay two eggs a couple of days apart that hatch after about six weeks. Both the male and female macaroni penguin parents help to incubate the eggs and raise the chicks.


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Macaroni 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...
Eudyptes
Scientific Name:
Comprised of the genus followed by the species...
Eudyptes Chrysolophus
Type:
The animal group that the species belongs to...
Bird
Diet:
What kind of foods the animal eats...
Carnivore
Size:
How long (L) or tall (H) the animal is...
60-70cm (24-28in)
Wing Span:
The measurement from one wing tip to the other...
80-100cm (31-39in)
Weight:
The measurement of how heavy the animal is...
3.2-6.4kg (7-14lbs)
Top Speed:
The fastest recorded speed of the animal...
35km/h (22mph)
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...
Threatened
Colour:
The colour of the animal's coat or markings...
Black, White, Brown, Yellow
Skin Type:
The protective layer of the animal...
Feathers
Favourite Food:Fish
Habitat:
The specific area where the animal lives...
Sea and ice-islands in Sub-Antarctica
Average Clutch Size:
The average number of eggs laif at once...
2
Main Prey:
The food that the animal gains energy from...
Fish, Squid, Crustaceans
Predators:
Other animals that hunt and eat the animal...
Leopard Seal, Killer Whale
Special Features:Large red beak and yellow feathers on head

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