Fiordland Penguin The
Fiordland Penguin (Eudyptes pachyrhynchus) is a penguin from New
Zealand. It breeds along the coast and on islands off the Fiordland
coast (i.e. south-west of the South Island) as well as on Stewart
This is a medium-sized,
yellow-crested, black-and-white penguin, growing to approximately
60cm. It has dark, bluish-grey upperparts with a darker head,
and white underparts. It has a broad, yellow eyebrow-stripe which
extends over the eye and drops down the neck. Most birds have
3-6 whitish stripes on the face.
nests in colonies in dense temperate forest. It feeds on krill,
fish, octopus and squid.
Population of Fiordland Penguins
The current status of this penguin is vulnerable due to its small population.
Current population estimates range between 2,500-3,000 pairs and is thought
to have declined since the late 1980s by ca. 33%. It is under threat
from introduced predators including the Weka, dogs, cats, stoats and
Classification of The Fiordland Penguin
> Phylum: Chordata
> Class: Aves
> Order: Sphenisciformes
> Family: Spheniscidae
> Genus: Eudyptes
> Species: E. pachyrhynchus
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