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Yellow-eyed Penguin

The Yellow-Eyed Penguin is actually the rarest of all penguins. The Yellow-Eyed Penguin is found in New Zealand, along the coast, as well as the southern islands. The Yellow-Eyed penguins are completely unique looking, and are unlike any other penguin. The yellow-eyed penguin’s population has gone down rapidly within the past few years. In order to deal with this, there has been a lot of recent legislation passed to deal with this, and slow down the loss of habitat.

The yellow-eyed penguins have yellow feathers on the top of their head. The yellow eyed penguin also has a yellow stripe running around their eye, which is the most distinguishing feature of the bird, hence it’s name. The yellow-eyed penguin also has grey and blue feathers across it’s black, with white on it’s chest, with pink feet, and red-purple bills. The younger yellow-eyed penguins have grey eyes, and don’t have their yellow eye band or feathers on their head. The chicks are also covered with a dark down feathers.

Usually, the yellow-eyed penguin breeds from the end of summer to the end of winter, and typically breed in the evening. During the fall, the two will lay eggs in their nests, which help them keep out of the sun, and to keep them protected from bad weather. The two adult yellow-eyed penguins will then incubate for about 40 days or so, watching the eggs equally. The parent yellow-eyed penguins will stay with the chicks while the other penguin in the pair goes to gather food for the group.

The yellow-eyed penguin spends all of it’s time in the sea, feeding, and hunting in the warm weather. They’re incredibly swimmers, and can dive over 400 feet in very little time. They can also travel over 20 miles from the shore. The yellow-eyed penguin often feeds on things like small fish like the opal fish, as well as sprat, aruhu, red cod as well as arrow squid, and some crustaceans.

The yellow-eyed penguin sticks to a nest that is far away, and more private, and mostly sticks to taller grasses. They prefer to nest in groups, while adult yellow-eyed penguin couples tend to nest on their own, out of sight of the other yellow-eyed penguin couples.

Even though the yellow-eyed penguin is a great swimmer, which usually lets them get away from their predators, they are still prey to seals, as well as sharks.

 

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