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Chinstrap Penguin

Pygoscelis antarcticus


Derived its name from the narrow black band under its head which makes it appear as if it were wearing a black helmet, making it one of the most easily identified types of penguin.


circumpolar, They breed in Antarctica, Argentina, Bouvet Island, Chile, the Falkland Islands, the French Southern Territories, and South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands.


Gentoo penguins were the most abundant penguin that I saw during a 12 day tour of the Antarctic Peninsula last November. Luckily we were able to find a few Chinstraps among all the gentoos.

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dandoucette 10 months ago

Thanks Tukup! It definitely was! Sorry for the late response.

Tukup a year ago

Again Dan, belated congratulations for the SOTD. It must be something to see these critters in their natural environment.

dandoucette 2 years ago

Thanks Daniele for sotd and Antonio and DrNamgyalT.Sherpa!

DrNamgyalT.Sherpa 2 years ago

Congrats Dan for the SOTD!

Great spotting Dan,congrats on the well deserved SOTD and thanks for sharing

DanielePralong 2 years ago

Congratulations Dan, your Chinstrap Penguins are our Spotting of the Day:

"It almost looks as if someone drew a line across their face! These Chinstrap Penguins (Pygoscelis antarcticus) are our Spotting of the Day. Chinstrap penguins have a circumpolar distribution, and are known for their often extremely large breeding colonies where over 100,000 pairs can congregate. New techniques now allow the monitoring of these birds as they migrate to and from breeding sites without electronic devices, using just one tail feather. Find out more here: "



dandoucette 2 years ago

Thanks Daniele!

DanielePralong 2 years ago

Thanks for posting this Dan! Great series. The first shot is excellent!

dandoucette 2 years ago

Thats great, thanks Ashley!

AshleyT 2 years ago

Your spotting has been nominated for the Spotting of the Week. The winner will be chosen by the Project Noah Rangers based on a combination of factors including: uniqueness of the shot, status of the organism (for example, rare or endangered), quality of the information provided in the habitat and description sections. There is a subjective element, of course; the spotting with the highest number of Ranger votes is chosen. Congratulations on being nominated!

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Spotted on Nov 8, 2017
Submitted on Aug 19, 2018

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