Small birds, big personalities
Known for their yellow crest of feathers, rockhopper penguins have a dramatic look. Rather than waddling like other penguin species, rockhoppers hop from rock to rock in their home territory on craggy island shorelines north of Antarctica. The rockhopper is one of the world’s smallest penguins, but it makes up for it by making plenty of noise.
- IUCN Red List Status: Endangered (at very high risk of extinction in the wild)
- Type: Bird
- Habitat: The islands of Tristan da Cunha and Gough Island in the Atlantic Ocean
- Diet: Carnivore – fish, squid, and krill
- Size: 22 inches
- Weight: 4.4 to 6.6 pounds
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Fun Facts about Rockhopper Penguins
Rockhopper penguins often have blood-red eyes.
Though they prefer to stick to shallow waters, rockhoppers are capable of diving 330 feet.
The standard incubation for a rockhopper egg is 32 to 36 days.
They make their burrows in tall grasses called tussocks.
A rockhopper’s beak will start out black and turn orange as it matures.
Rockhoppers will engage in social grooming behaviour, known as allo-preening.
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