Big-crested Penguin

This is a medium-small, yellow-crested, black-and-white penguin, at 50-70 cm and weighing 2.7-5.2 kg . It has bluish-black to jet black upperparts and white underparts, and a broad, bright yellow eyebrow-stripe which extends over the eye to form a short, erect crest.

The Big-crested Penguin is classified as Endangered (EN), considered to be facing a very high risk of extinction in the wild.

Also known as Big-crested Penguin, Sclater's Penguin Identification - Video grabs of Erect-crested Penguins on the Antipodes Islands, December 2001. Copyright Angus Wilson Adult erect-crested Penguins are readily identified on the land by their long crests which project above their heads when dry. In the water they are not easily separated from Snares Island Penguins. More

Big-Crested Pengui, Big-Crested Penguin, Erect-Crested Penguin Common Names in Estonian: Kroonpingviin Common Names in Finnish: Pystyt�yht�pingviini, Pyst�t�yht�pingviini Common Names in French: Gorfou De Sclater, Gorfou Huppé, Gorfou Hupp� Common Names in German: Kronenpinguin, Sclaterpinguin Common Names in Italian: Eudipte Crestato Maggiore Common Names in Japanese: Mayudachipengin, Shure-Ta-Pengin Common Names in Latin: More

Alternate common name(s): Big-crested Penguin, Sclater's Penguin Old scientific name(s): Eudyptes atratus Photographs No photographs are available for this species Range S. Pacific Ocean; Is. off se. New Zealand; Main breeding colonies are at Bounty Is. (Spider, Depot, Tunnel, Proclamation, Penguin, Ruatara, Lion and Funnel Is. and Mooy Cape) and the Antipodes Is. (ne. and sw. coasts and opposite Orde Lees Islet, Bollons and Archway Is.). A few pairs may breed at the Auckland Is. More

mainly with the Big-Crested Penguin, he described the annual cycle of arrival at a breeding place (Bounty Island) in September, laying in October, young able to swim by February, moulting in March, and leaving the island. The Big-Crested Penguin's winter destination was regarded as unknown in 1930; but since then, records have been more carefully collected and the menace of waste oil from ships has forced an abnormal number of birds ashore dead, or in an effort to clean themselves. More

Order : Sphenisciformes
Family : Spheniscidae
Genus : Eudyptes
Species : sclateri
Authority : Buller, 1888