Rockhopper Penguin

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About Rockhopper Penguin

Rockhopper penguins are distinguished by the irreverent crest of spiky yellow and black feathers that adorns their head.

Biologists left little ambiguity about this species’ preferred habitat when assigning its name. Rockhoppers are found bounding—rather than waddling, as most other penguins do—among the craggy, windswept shorelines of the islands north of Antarctica, from Chile to New Zealand.

Fast Facts 

Type: Bird

Diet: Carnivore

Average life span in the wild: 10 years

Size: 22 in (55 cm)

Weight: 4.4 to 6.6 lbs (2 to 3 kg)

Group name: Colony

Did you know? Rockhopper penguins often burst from the water near shore and land on rocks with a belly flop.

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