Chinstrap Penguin

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Chinstrap Penguin
A Chinstrap Penguin
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Sphenisciformes
Family: Spheniscidae
Genus: Pygoscelis
Species: P. antarcticus
Binomial name
Pygoscelis antarcticus
(Forster, 1781)

The Chinstrap Penguin (Pygoscelis antarctica) is a penguin that gets its name from the narrow band of black feathers that goes under their "chin" from ear to ear. They are sometimes called the ‘Stone cracker penguin’ because of their squeaky and high pitched call. Chinstrap penguins are found in polar, shallow seas and coastal areas. Some penguins are born very pale and are called ‘Blonde’ penguins. There are more chinstrap penguins than any other penguins in the world.

They feed mainly on krill and fish. The chinstrap penguins make nests in round shapes made from small stones and take turns in sitting on the eggs, they can be left on the nest for 10 days.

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These little penguins are only about 28 in (71 cm) tall and weigh about 10 lb (5 kg). Chinstraps may be small, but they are the boldest penguins of all.[2]

References[change | edit source]

  1. Unknown assessors (2010). Pygoscelis antarcticus. 2008 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. IUCN 2008. Retrieved on 10 October 2011.
  2. Cole, Joanne; Bruce Degen (2001). Magic School Bus, Penguin Puzzle. United States of America: Scholastic Inc.. pp. 26. ISBN 0-439-31432-1.

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