The Macaroni Penguin is a species of penguin found from the
Subantarctic to the Antarctic Peninsula. One of six species of crested
penguin, it bears a distinctive yellow crest, and the face and
upperparts are black and sharply delineated from the white underparts.
Its diet consists of a variety of crustaceans, mainly krill, as well as
small fish and cephalopods; the species consumes more marine life
annually than any other species of seabird. Numbering up to 100,000
individuals, the breeding colonies of the Macaroni Penguin are among
the largest and densest of all penguin species. After spending the
summer months breeding, penguins disperse into the oceans for six
months; a 2009 study found that Macaroni Penguins from Kerguelen
travelled over 10,000 km (6,200 mi) in the central Indian Ocean. With
about 18 million individuals, the Macaroni Penguin is the most numerous
penguin species. However, widespread decline in populations have been
recorded since the mid 1970s. These factors result in their
conservation status being reclassified as vulnerable. (more...)
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