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Scientific Classification

Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Aves
Order:Sphenisciformes
Family:Spheniscidae
Genus:Spheniscus
Genus species:Spheniscus magellanicus

Animal Characteristics

Head-Body Length:70 cm
Weight:3.5 kg
Identification:Magellanic penguins have a black-brown back, a white breast and trunk, and two bold black stripes around their necks.
Habitat:Sub-Antarctic islands
Diet:Carnivore: fish, squid, krill
Reproduction:Magellanic penguins nest in burrows. Two eggs are laid in October and are incubated for 5-6 weeks. They can live up to 20 years.
Magellanic penguins are very social; they are found in large numbers along the shore. In the ocean, they are often seen in small groups.
Behavior:Although penguins cannot fly, they swim remarkably well with their flippers.
Status:No special status
Interesting Facts:The Magellanic penguin is the most numerous penguin species. Predators of the Magellanic penguin include the southern sea lion, Dominican gulls, and giant petrels.

Other Information

Geographic:Southern South America Date:1976-01 Subjects:Magellanic penguin
flightless seabird
Spheniscus
Penguins
Birds
Water birds
Shore birds
Sea birds
Vertebrates
Chordata