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Endangered Antarctica: Macaroni Penguin

Animal

Macaroni penguins are penguins that live in Antarctica. Macaroni penguins are characteristic penguins with blonde hair growing on their heads. Macaroni penguins live in the Atlantic subantarctic and are rarely found in New Zealand. We live in groups and form colonies. Macaroni penguins are threatened with extinction like other penguins. The population has declined in recent years and may become extinct in the future.

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Habitat

Macaroni penguins live in the Antarctic region.

Characteristic

Macaroni penguins are 71 cm long and are medium-sized among penguins. The outside of the flipper is black, the inside is black at the tip, and the center is white. Bright yellow feathers grow toward the crown and hang behind both eyes. The beak is large, thick, brownish and deep orange. The surface of the legs and feet is bright pink and the back is black. Macaroni penguins have excellent diving ability and can dive to a depth of 3 to 6 m. Macaroni penguins do not settle in one place, they move. Macaroni penguins are distributed around Antarctica.

Ecology

Krill is my favorite macaroni penguin. Besides that, I live by eating crustaceans. It forms huge colonies during the breeding season. You can lay 1-2 eggs at a time. The incubation period is about one month. During the incubation period immediately after spawning, males and females take turns warming the eggs. Newborns form creches and chick hangouts. It takes about two months for chicks to leave the nest, and parents take care of them. Sexual maturity occurs in about 5 years after birth.

Origin of the name

Macaroni penguins were called pretenders because of their gorgeous golden hair. Macaroni means a pretender in England.

Endangered species

Macaroni penguins are currently designated as an endangered species. Like other penguins, the warming of the earth has made it difficult to secure food because krill, which is a favorite food, has gone further down the sea and moved to colder areas. In addition, humans catch a lot of fish, which has become a competition for penguins.

Breeding

Macaroni penguins are very difficult to breed due to their declining population and the need to provide an environment comparable to that of Antarctica. So watch it at the zoo or go to Antarctica.

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