Yellow-eyed penguin

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Yellow-eyed penguin
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Class: Aves
Order: Sphenisciformes
Family: Spheniscidae
Genus: Megadyptes
Binomial name
Megadyptes antipodes
Distribution of the yellow-eyed penguin

The yellow-eyed penguin, Megadyptes antipodes, is the third largest penguin in the world. The emperor penguin is the largest penguin and the king penguin is the second largest. They live and breed on the sea shore of New Zealand and some also in the Antarctic islands in the south. They have a high pitched call which can be heard very clearly.

They eat small to medium sized fish, red cod and squid. They make a nest out of twigs, grass and leaves, carefully formed into a bowl shape. The chicks take 39 to 51 days to hatch and both parents share keeping the eggs warm.

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