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Galapagos Penguin

spheniscus mendiculus


Galapagos penguins are approximately 14 inches high. Adult penguins have a bluish-black head, back and flippers when new. Older worn feathers, dull to a brown color. Their underside is white with the exception of a black line along the side and scatter feathers on the chest.


Spotted near Sombrero Chino (Chinese hat) these endemic Galapagos Penguins live in colonies feeding on small fish caught while swimming underwater. Galapagos Penguins mate for life. Nesting occurs throughout the year with the majority of nests being seen between May and January. Some penguins may mate as often as every 6 months. Female penguins lay 1 to 2 eggs each season. The eggs are laid in holes under the lava and the pair shares the responsibility of watching over the nest.

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JillBlack 8 years ago

Thanks Smith Zoo for using my photo in the International Penguin's day blog which I thoroughly enjoyed reading :)

Smith Zoo
Smith Zoo 8 years ago

Congratulations Jill! Your extraordinary spot of the Galapagos Penguin was chosen for today's International Penguin's Day blog:

KarenL 8 years ago


Ava T-B
Ava T-B 8 years ago

Excellent spotting and information.

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Spotted on Mar 27, 2012
Submitted on Oct 13, 2012

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