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Penguin (Royal penguin) Eudyptes chrysolophus

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Sphenisciformes
Family: Spheniscidae
Genus: Eudyptes
Species: E. chrysolophus
Binomial name: Eudyptes chrysolophus
Common name: Royal penguin, Macaroni penguin.

Eudyptes chrysolophus (Royal penguin) is a large, crested penguin found from the Subantarctic to the Antarctic Peninsula. While foraging for food, groups will range north to the islands off Australia, New Zealand, southern Brazil, Tristan da Cunha, and South Africa. Sightings in New Zealand occur mostly in summer.

The Royal penguin bears a distinctive yellow crest, and the face and upperparts are black and sharply delineated from the white underparts. Adults weigh on average 5.5 kg and are 70 cm in length. They have red eyes. Its diet consists of a variety of crustaceans, mainly krill, as well as small fish and cephalopods.



A Royal penguin penguin "porpoising".



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