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Fiordland Crested Penguin

Eudyptes pachyrhynchus


They are medium-sized, yellow-crested, black-and-white penguins, growing to approximately 60 cm long and weighing on average 3.7 kg, with a weight range of 2 to 5.95 kg. It has dark, bluish-grey upperparts with a darker head, and white underparts. It has a broad, yellow eyebrow-stripe which extends over the eye and drops down the neck. Most birds have 3-6 whitish stripes on the face.


The Fiordland Crested Penguin, also known as Tawaki (Maori), is a species of crested penguin from New Zealand. It breeds along the Fiordland coast and its outlying islands as well as on Stewart Island/Rakiura.

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Smith Zoo
Smith Zoo 10 years ago

Congratulations Paulo! Your extraordinary spot of the Fiordland Crested Penguin was chosen for today's International Penguin's Day blog:

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Southland, New Zealand

Spotted on Nov 3, 2011
Submitted on Dec 29, 2011

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