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Thursday, 8 December 2011

One Of The Rarest Penguins On Earth

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Named for its bright yellow eyes, this penguin has a bright yellow band running from its eyes around the back of its head and a stout reddish purple bill. The Yellow Eyed penguin is considered one of the world’s rarest penguins, with an estimated population of round about 4000. The main threats include habitat loss, habitat degradation and natural predators. In August 2010 the yellow-eyed penguin was granted protection under the U.S. Endangered Species Act.

Found only in New Zealand, the Yellow Eyed Penguin is the most retiring of the penguins, each pair nesting well away from other birds. Unlike some other northern penguins, it does not breed in burrows, but uses the cover of forests and other dense vegetation to keep out of the sun. The Yellow Eyed Penguins generally lays two eggs which are incubated by both parents who may spend several days on the nesting at a time. These adorable creatures may live up to 24 years.


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