Macaroni Penguin Eudyptes chrysolophus

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The most abundant species of penguin, the Macaroni Penguin breeds on widely dispersed islands in the sub-Antarctic of the South Atlantic and Indian Oceans, and is one of the few to breed off Tierra del Fuego. A typical member of the genus Eudyptes, the Macaroni has a bulbous red bill, red eyes, orange eye plumes contrasting with an all black head and back, white underparts and bright red feet. The Macaroni is a highly pelagic and migratory species and is likely to be found near land only when breeding. While at sea they feed mainly on crustaceans by pursuit-diving and have been known to dive to depths of 80 m, though they remain closer to the surface when feeding at night.

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  • Year-round
  • Migration
  • Breeding
  • Non-Breeding

Recommended Citation

Macaroni Penguin (Eudyptes chrysolophus), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: