Kingdom : Animalia
                         Class : Aves
                      Family : Spheniscidae
       Scientific Name : Eudyptes robustus

                     Size(H) : 60cm - 68cm 
                                      (24in - 27in)
                      Weight : 3kg - 6kg
                                      (6.6lbs - 13lbs)
                 Life Span : 15 - 20 years
                      Colour : Black, White, 
                                      Grey, Yellow

                 Skin Type : Feathers
Distinctive Features : Red beak and 
                                     bright yellow 
                                     eyebrows
  1. The crested Penguins are medium sized penguins found near the New Zealand coast.
  2. They are also called the Fiordland crested penguins.
  3. Crested Penguins get their name from the yellow feathers over their eyes running along on top of their heads.
  4. They inhabit the dense tropical rainforest along the Fiordland coast in New Zealand.
  5. They are also found in the islands surrounding the Stewart Island.
  6. Their back and flippers are blue-black in color and they have a black head and red beak.
  7. The patches on either side of their beak and their underside is completely white in color.
  8. They live in colonies with other crested penguins but are known to hunt on their own.
  9. They are carnivores feeding on marine animals like fish, squid, krill and small crustaceans.
  10. Their predators are seals, large sharks and killer whales.
  11. The crested penguin’s eggs are preyed upon by cats, dogs, foxed, rats and weasels.
  12. Usually, they breed once a year and the mating pairs are known to be faithful to each other.
  13. The female crested penguin generally lays 2 eggs which are incubated for 2 months by both the parents.
  14. Only one of the eggs would normally hatch and the chicks are looked after by the parents for a few months.
  15. Introduction of mammalian predators and deforestation has made crested penguins an endangered species today.

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