Erect Crested Penguin

Erect-Crested Penguin

Scientific Classification

Common Name
erect-crested penguin
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Aves
Order
Sphenisciformes
Family
Spheniscidae
Genus Species
Eudyptes sclateri

Fast Facts

Description
Erect-crested penguins are named for their crest of yellow plumes that are erect, or bristle up over their eyes.
Size
up to 64 cm (25 in.)
Weight
2.5–3.5 kg (6–8 lbs.)
Diet
Krill, squids, and small fishes
Incubation
Approximately 1 month
Sexual Maturity
Unknown
Life Span
15–20 years
Range
Erect-crested penguins are found along the coasts of Australia, New Zealand and on the Antipodes and Bounty Islands. However, they breed only on the Antipodes and Bounty Islands of New Zealand
Habitat
Rocky coasts, cliffs, or beaches with or without grasses.
Population
Global: estimated 130,000–140,000 mature individuals
Status 
IUCN: Endangered
CITES: Not listed
USFWS: Not listed

Fun Facts

  1. Crested penguins (genus Eudyptes) lay two eggs. The second-laid egg and the subsequent chick is usually the larger of the two and usually the survivor. It typically hatches first or at the same time as the chick from the first-laid egg. The first-laid egg is often kicked out of the nest by the adults prior to hatching time.
  2. For more information about penguins, explore the Penguin InfoBook.

Ecology and Conservation

Limited breeding areas and distribution make the erect-crested penguin vulnerable to a variety of natural and human disturbances.

All 18 penguin species are legally protected from hunting and egg collecting. The Antarctic Treaty of 1959 makes it illegal to harm, or in any way interfere with, a penguin or its eggs. Every penguin specimen collected with a permit must be approved by and reported to the Scientific Committee for Antarctic Research (SCAR). Penguins are vulnerable to habitat destruction, overfishing of primary food sources, ecological disasters such as oil spills, pollution such as trash in the ocean, and human encroachment into nesting areas.


Bibliography

Coats, Judith. Penguins: Flightless Birds of the Southern Hemisphere. SeaWorld Education Department, 2001.

Nuzzolo, Debbie. Penguin March. SeaWorld Education Department, 2002.