Monday, September 9, 2013

Macaroni Penguin

The Macaroni Penguin (Scientific name - Eudyptes chrysolophus) is one of the most abundant species of penguins in the world. They are found in the Antarctic and Sub-Antarctic. Colonies are found  on the Antarctic Penninsula, islands around Cape Horn, the Falklands, South Georgia, South Sandwich, South Orkney, South Shetland, Bouvetoya, Prince Edward, Marion, Crozet, Kerguelen, Heard Island and Macquarie Island. They alwo range as far as Southern Australia, New Zealand and South Africa in search of food.  

The Macaroni Penguin is distinguished by its plume of yellow/orange feathers on its head. It has a thick orange/brown bill. The back and back of the flippers are black and it has a black face. The underparts are white. 

This photo was taken in the Falkland Islands in March 2009 when this single Macaroni was observed in a large group of Gentoo Penguins.

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