Chinstrap Penguin The Chinstrap Penguin (Pygoscelis antarctica)
is a species of penguin which is found in the South Sandwich Islands,
Antarctica, the South Orkneys, South Shetland, South Georgia, Bouvet
Island, Balleny and Peter I Island. Their name derives from the
narrow black band under their heads which makes it appear as if
they are wearing black helmets, making them one of the most easily
identified types of penguin.
Other names for them are "Ringed Penguins", "Bearded
Penguins", and "Stonecracker Penguins" due to
their harsh call. They grow to 75 cm and there are approximately
7,500,000 breeding pairs. Their diet mostly consists of krill
with a little fish as well. They build circular nests from stones,
and lay around two eggs, which are incubated by both the male
and the female for shifts of five to ten days. The chicks hatch
after about 35 days, and have fluffy grey backs and white fronts.
The chicks stay in the nest for 20–30 days before they
go to join a crèche . At around 50–60 days old, they
moult, gaining their adult plumage and go to sea.
Scientific Classification of The Chinstrap Penguin
> Phylum: Chordata
> Class: Aves
> Order: Sphenisciformes
> Family: Spheniscidae
> Genus: Pygoscelis
> Species: P. antarctica
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