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Erect-Crested Penguin

The erect-chested penguin is often know as the ‘Sclater’s Penguin’.  There are about 200, 000 erect-crested penguins, and the erect-crested penguin looks a lot like both the Fjordland penguin, as well as the Snares crested penguin. The erect-crested penguin is actually the largest of the various crested penguin species, often weighing around 3 to 4 kg. The erect-crested penguin gets its name from, of course, the stiff crests it has, though it still slightly resembles some others. As with many other penguins, the male erect-crested penguins are typically larger than the female erect-crested penguins. The erect chested penguin is typically found strictly in New Zealand, or the sub Antarctic region, or among the Antipodes and Bounty Islands. The erect-chested penguin live and breed strictly on these four islands. The adult erect-crested penguins have black heads, as well as black throats, and will have a black throat with a yellow strip running across their face, with a white belly. Researchers do not know a lot about the breeding habits and patterns of the erect-chested penguin, but they are most likely similar to other erect-crested penguins.

Erect-crested penguins are known for being very social, and constantly communicate with one another through body language, movements and chirping. The erect-chested penguin often will notice each other through initially spotting one another, and then making their signature erect-chested penguin movements, and making their signature erect-chested penguin vocals in one another’s direction.

The erect-chested penguin usually breeds in the early fall, with the females following the males. The erect-chested penguin will begin building nests for themselves, as little holes in the ground, made out of any plants or materials they can find in the forest. They usually use some grasses, stones, and mud to keep it all together. The erect-chested penguin female will then lay two eggs, with only one of the eggs that hatch ending up surviving. The second egg will also usually be much larger than the first egg that the erect-chested penguin lays Due to the erect-chested penguin’s outgoing, vocal nature, they typically are very argumentative when building their nests, often fighting over building materials and where they choose to nest. The erect-chested penguin tends to live in tightknit groups, and sticks closely together.

The erect-chested penguin tends to feed on crustaceans, small fish, and krill, which is typical of many varieties of penguins.


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