Eudyptes Chrysocome Gallery
Eudyptes chrysocome, commonly known as the Macaroni Penguin, is a species of penguin native to the Southern Ocean
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Eudyptes chrysocome, commonly known as the Macaroni Penguin, is a species of penguin native to the Southern Ocean, and is one of six species in the genus Eudyptes and is found on sub-Antarctic islands such as South Georgia and the Falkland Islands. The Macaroni Penguin has a distinctive yellow crest on its head, which gives it its name. It stands about 70 cm (28 in) tall and weighs up to 4 kg (9 lb). The Macaroni Penguin feeds mainly on krill and other small crustaceans, but will also eat fish if available. It breeds in large colonies along rocky coasts or beaches during the summer months from October to March. The female lays two eggs which are incubated by both parents for around 35 days before hatching. After hatching, chicks are cared for by their parents until they fledge at around 75 days old. The population of Macaroni Penguins is estimated to be between 10 million and 12 million individuals worldwide, making it one of the most abundant penguin species in existence today. However due to threats such as climate change and overfishing there have been some declines in recent years so conservation efforts are needed to ensure this species continues into future generations.