Saturday, December 29, 2012

Rockhopper Penguin

Rockhopper Penguin

Eudyptes chrysocome

Photo: Close-up of a penguin.
These gregarious marine birds are among the world's smallest penguins, standing about 20 inches (50 centimeters) tall.
Photograph by Michel Gunther, Photolibrary
Rockhopper penguins are distinguished by the irreverent crest of spiky yellow and black feathers that adorns their head.
Biologists left little ambiguity about this species’ preferred habitat when assigning its name. Rockhoppers are found bounding—rather than waddling, as most other penguins do—among the craggy, windswept shorelines of the islands north of Antarctica, from Chile to New Zealand.
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