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Marine Animal Encyclopedia

Macaroni Penguin Eudyptes chrysolophus

Macaroni penguins are often seen together with a similar species of penguin, the rockhopper. However, macaronis are significantly larger and have distinctive flame-yellow crests that run above each eye and meet on the forehead.

They are also found farther south, breeding on ice-free coasts on the Antarctic Peninsula. Their breeding colonies are extremely noisy, some containing over a million pairs spaced out just beyond pecking distance of each other.

Macaroni penguins lay two eggs a year, and both parents help with incubation. Their reproductive rate is low, because only one nestling normally survives.

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  • Order Sphenisciformes
  • Height 27 in (70 cm)
  • Weight 9 lb (4.2 kg)
  • Habitat Rocky coasts, open ocean
  • Distribution Southern Ocean, Antarctic Peninsula, subantarctic islands, southern South America
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