Monday, September 2, 2013

African Penguin

The African Penguin (Scientific Name - Spheniscus demersus) is the only penguin that breeds in Africa. It is sometimes known as the Black Footed Penguin. They are found on islands from Namibia to South Africa and at a few colonies on mainland Africa. They are usually monogamous and live between 10 and 27 years. Their population has declined greatly since the start of the 20th Century and they are considered an endangered species.

The African Penguin has a black back and mainly white front. They have a black  chin and face patch that is separated from the crown by a white band. They have a narrow black band that goes across their chest and down both flanks. They have a distinct pink patch above their eyes. 

The photos were taken at Boulders Beach near Simon's Town, South Africa in August 2010.

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