Magellanic Penguin

Magellanic Penguins are medium-sized penguins which grow to be 61-76 cm tall and weigh between 2.7 kg and 6.5 kg , with the males being larger than the females and weight dropping while each parent nurtures its young.

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The Magellanic Penguin is classified as Near Threatened (NT), is close to qualifying for or is likely to qualify for a threatened category in the near future.

The Magellanic Penguin, Spheniscus magellanicus, is a South American penguin, breeding in coastal Argentina, Chile and the Falkland Islands, with some migrating to Brazil. It is the most numerous of the Spheniscus penguins. Its nearest relatives are the African Penguin, the Humboldt Penguin and the Galápagos Penguin. More

Magellanic penguins are only found around the Falkland Islands and South America, but they are extremely numerous within these regions. The Falklands has a population well in excess of 100,000 breeding pairs, but this is small compared to populations in South America, which number around 900,000 breeding pairs in Argentina (Centro Nacional Patag More

The Magellanic Penguin belongs to the Spheniscus genus of Penguins, along with the closely related African Penguin and the Humboldt and Galapagos Penguins. Populations of Magellanic penguins are distributed along the southern coast of Chile and Argentina (from Peninsula Valdez to Tierra del Fuego). Further smaller populations are found on the Falkland Islands. The main colonies are at Punta Tombo in Argentina (up to 250000 pairs) and Magdalena Island in Chile (up to 60000 pairs). No subspecies or subtypes are recognized. More

Magellanic penguin couples dig burrows for their nests, or hide their nests under shrubs if they live on rocky shores. A pair may use the same burrow for years. Julie Larsen Maher ©WCS This medium-sized penguin makes its home along the coastlines of South America, on both the Atlantic and Pacific shores. More

* The Magellanic penguin is the largest of the temperate climate penguins (genus Spheniscus), which include: the Humboldt, the Galapagos, and the African penguins. * During the warmer weather of the breeding season Magellanics lose the feathers around their eyes. When it starts to get cold again the feathers grow back. More

Today, Magellanic penguin rookeries at Punta Tombo in Argentina are a major ecotourism destination, attracting 50,000 visitors a year. Home of Wiki & Reference Answers, the world’s leading Q&A siteReference AnswersEnglish▼English▼ Deutsch Español Français Italiano Tagalog * * Search unanswered questions... * Browse: Unanswered questions | Most-recent questions | Reference library Enter a question here... More

Magellanic penguins, coming ashore on a sandy beach. Magellanic penguins can grow to 30 tall, 14 lbs and live over 25 years. They feed in the water, preying on cuttlefish, sardines, squid, krill, and other crustaceans, Spheniscus magellanicus, New Island Purchase A Print Of This ImageHow to request, purchase or license this imageAdd To Light Table Magellanic penguins, in grasslands at the opening of their underground burrow. Magellanic penguins can grow to 30 tall, 14 lbs and live over 25 years. More

Magellanic Penguin and have more extensive areas of bare facial skin. However, as both of these characters are subject to individual variation and hybrids do occur, not every bird might be identifiable. Some immature birds undergo partial head moult during winter and gain the pied head pattern of adults. Habits: Breeds in burrows where digging is possible, otherwise on the surface or under bushes. More

Magellanic penguin is the largest of the warm-weather penguins. This penguin was named after Ferdinand Magellan who first saw them in 1519 on his first voyage around the tip of South America. They have a wide black strip under their chin and another is in the shape of an upside down horseshoe on their stomachs. On their chests they have scattered black spots. More

Magellanic penguins have a broad black band under their chin and another that runs in an inverted horseshoe shape around their fronts. The chest is dotted with a few black spots in a random pattern. Although the pattern of banding on Galapagos penguins is similar to that on Magellanic Penguins, they are easily distinguished. Magellanic Penguins are considerably larger than Galapagos Penguins and the main black band around the front is much narrower on Galapagos Penguins. More

The Magellanic Penguin Project is a joint project with the Wildlife Conservation Society, the Province of Chubut, and the University of Washington that was launched in 1982 when a Japanese Company sought a concession to harvest Magellanic penguins in Argentina. The project trains the next generation of conservation biologists, gathers the scientific information to inform decision-makers and helps in protection and management of Magellanic penguin colonies. More

Magellanic penguins were named after the explorer Ferdinand Magellan who first saw them in 1519 on his first voyage around the tip of South America. Magellanic penguins are about 2 feet, 3 inches tall and weigh 9 pounds. They are the largest of the warm weather penguins. They live on the coast of the Argentina, Chile and the Falkland Islands. During mating season, Magellanic penguins burrow, forming underground nesting colonies. More

It's still relatively easy to see Magellanic Penguins in the wild because they are common, they live in warmer water, and they breed in places that are easy to get to. There are an estimated 1,300,000 breeding pairs of Magellanic Penguins, Spheniscus magellanicus, in the world, and they all breed in southern South America and the Falkland Islands. They are one of just a handful of penguin species that live year round in warmer waters north of Antarctica. More

Magellanic Penguinedit this page = From Penguin Wiki Magellanic Penguin File:Magellanic penguin, Valdes Peninsula, e. More

A Magellanic penguin walking on a beach Magellanic penguins live in temperate climates, not in the Antarctic. In the breeding season the parents share the babysitting duties, one incubating the chick while the other goes out to sea to feed. The chick gets a meal every two to three days. What do they sound like? - 1. More

Magellanic penguins, Spheniscus magellanicus, are found around the Falkland Islands and the coasts of Argentina and Chile. They are an abundant species with an estimated 100,000 breeding pairs in the Falklands alone. Larger populations inhabit Argentina and Chile. Breeding colonies are found from the Gulf of San Mat More

The Magellanic penguin (Spheniscus magellanicus) is one of seventeen species of flightless birds in the family Spheniscidae (or 'modern penguins'). It is one of four "Banded Penguins" in the genus Spheniscus which also includes the Black-footed, Humboldt, and Galapagos penguins. More

Most Magellanic Penguins have a white band on both sides of the head, which begins at the eye and joins at the neck, and another white band, which joins below the throat, and runs down the side of the body. (Lynch, 1997; William, 1995) Some key physical features: endothermic ; bilateral symmetry . More

wild, Magellanic Penguins can live up to 25 years, while ages of 30 years have been reached in captivity. Magellanic Penguin, Spheniscus magellanicus - JuvenileYoung birds usually have a blotched pattern on their feet, with this 'blotching' fading as they age. Older birds of over ten years usually have solid black feet. Like the other species of penguins, the Magellanic Penguin has very rigid wings used to 'fly' under water. More

Magellanic penguins are found across coastlines along South America on both the Atlantic and Pacific shores. They can sustain hot and cold temperatures. Like all penguins, tightly packed feathers and fat keep them insulated. To cool off during the heat of the South American summer, Magellanics spend more time in the water, and can also pant like a dog and stand with their flippers extended to catch a breeze. These noisy sea birds sound a bit like donkeys. More

Magellanic Penguins are between 70 and 76 cms (28 - 30 inches) in height and they weigh between 4 and 6 kgs (8.8 and 13 lbs). They are coloured black/dark grey on their back and white on their front. They have a distinctive, black, horseshoe shaped band on their front and a thick black band that runs under their chin. Their tail is short and wedge shaped and they have long, narrow wings that they use like paddles when swimming. More

The Magellanic Penguin is a summer visitor to the Falkland Islands. It is found all around the coastline where ground is suitable for burrowing, particularly in areas of tussac or where tussac previously grew. No accurate survey has been undertaken but numbers are estimated to be about 100,000 pairs, probably less than 10% of the world population (see Status). More

The Magellanic penguin is named in honour of the maritime explorer Ferdinand Magellan, who first recorded it during an expedition in 1519 (3). A medium-sized penguin, this species can be identified by the distinctive white bands which loop over the eye, down the side of the neck and meet at the throat (4). More

About Magellanic PenguinsAbout Magellanic Penguins Magellanic penguin in its natural habitat in Chile. NASA photo. Magellanic penguins are medium-sized penguins that live on South American coasts and the Falkland Islands. They return to specific nesting colonies every year to breed, and mate with the same partner every time. Both males and females care for the eggs and the chicks. While once very numerous, conservationists have noticed a population decline due in large part to commercial fishing and the effects of oil spills. More

The Magellanic penguin is a little over 2 feet tall and weighs about 10 pounds. They have black backs and white bellies. They have rings around the faces and chests. Habitat: Magellanic penguins live in Argentina, Southern Chile, and the Falkland Islands. They spend April through August at sea, and September through March at their rookeries. Nests, eggs, and chicks: Magellanic penguins make nests by the sea in burrows. More

Magellanic Penguins travel in large flocks when hunting for food. In the breeding season, these birds gather in large nesting colonies at the coasts of Argentina, southern Chile, and the Falkland Islands, which have a density of 20 nests per 100 square meters. One of the largest of these colonies is located at Punta Tombo. Nests are built under bushes or in burrows. Two eggs are laid. Incubation lasts 39-42 days, a task which the parents share in 10-15 day shifts. More

Magellanic penguins, in grasslands at the opening of their underground burrow. Magellanic penguins can grow to 30" tall, 14 lbs and live over 25 years. They feed in the water, preying on cuttlefish, sardines, squid, krill, and other crustaceans. Image ID: 23774 Species: Magellanic penguin, Spheniscus magellanicus Location: New Island, Falkland Islands, United Kingdom Magellanic penguin, adult and chick, in grasslands at the opening of their underground burrow. More

1519, the Magellanic Penguin is mostly black above and white below. It has a white crescent shaped stripe on either side of the head that extends from the top of bill, through the eye and ends below the eye. It also has two broad black bands across the breast, the second of which extends diagonally through the flanks in the shape of a large, inverted horseshoe. More

genus, the Magellanic penguin has black-to-brown shading on its back and white colouring on its breast and trunk. The Magellanic penguins chests have scattered black spots. The Magellanic penguin can be distinguished from Humboldt and African penguins by the two bands crossing its front. One band is a wide black strip under the chin and another is in the shape of an upside down horseshoe on the stomach. More

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Order : Sphenisciformes
Family : Spheniscidae
Genus : Spheniscus
Species : magellanicus
Authority : (Forster, 1781)