Kingdom : Animalia
                           Class : Aves
                        Family : Spheniscidae
         Scientific Name : Spheniscus 
                                       Magellanicus

                       Size(L) : 61cm - 76cm 
                                       (24in - 30in)
                       Weight : 2.7kg - 6.5kg 
                                       (5.9lbs - 14lbs)
                 Top Speed : 35km/h (22mph)
                  Life Span : 15 - 20 years
 
                      Colour : Grey, Black, 
                                      White, Brown
                 Skin Type : Feathers
Distinctive Features : Black beak and
                                      small wings
  1. Magellanic Penguins are small-medium sized penguins found in parts of coastal South America.
  2. They are closely related to the African Penguins, Humboldt penguins and the Galapagos Penguin.
  3. They inhabit the rocky islands and are quite numerous as a species.
  4. They breed off the coast of Argentina and Chile and also on the Falkland Islands.
  5. They spend most of their time hunting in the oceans and nest on the beaches in large colonies.
  6. They grow to an average size of around 76cm and have a distinctive dark, broad band running across the top of their chest.
  7. They are sociable animals known to breed and hunt in large colonies.
  8. They are carnivores, feeding on cuttlefish, squids, krill and fish.
  9. Their natural predators are leopard seals, fur seals, sharks and killer whales.
  10. The female Magellanic penguins lay two eggs which are incubated by both the parents.
  11. The chicks hatch out and are looked after by both the parents for the first month, till the chicks can fend for themselves.
  12. Though populous, they are a threatened species, with the changes in their natural environment being their biggest threat.

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