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Yellow-Eyed Penguin A rare Yellow-Eyed Penguin photographed on the beaches of the Otago Peninsula, New Zealand Geotagged,M. antipodes,New Zealand,Winter,Yellow-eyed penguin Click/tap to enlarge PromotedSpecies introCountry intro

Yellow-Eyed Penguin

A rare Yellow-Eyed Penguin photographed on the beaches of the Otago Peninsula, New Zealand

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  1. A really valuable species intro, with both the species and location being rare on this site. Excellent! Posted 6 years ago
  2. From today's Facebook post:

    For World Penguin Day, we are highlighting the Yellow-eyed Penguin (Megadyptes antipodes), also known as the Hoiho in Māori. Endemic to coastal and island habitats of southern New Zealand, they are one of the rarest species of penguin in the world. Their defining characteristic is their yellow eyes, but they are also the largest penguin species outside of Antarctica. Adults reach about 60 cm (24 in) in length and weigh 5-6 kg (11-31 lbs) with males being slightly larger than females. They are primarily terrestrial and only enter the water to hunt for small prey, such as fish. With an average lifespan of 23 years, yellow-eyed penguins are monogamous and provide their young with a great deal of parental care.

    Areas where these penguins were once abundant and thriving are now eerily silent as the species is slowly slipping towards extinction. Over the past few decades, the populations of yellow-eyed penguins have decreased more than 50 percent. There are now fewer than 2,000 breeding pairs remaining, and they are listed as Endangered on the IUCN Red List. Models used to estimate future population sizes suggest that the birds could be extinct by 2060, if not sooner. Predation by introduced species, habitat loss, starvation, disease, irresponsible tourism, and climate change are among the troubles these penguins contend with. But, one of their biggest challenges is entanglement in gillnets, commercial fishing nets that are virtually transparent underwater. Admirable efforts are being made to protect these beloved creatures in the hope that they can be saved from the brink. Let's take today to celebrate penguins and the conservation efforts that are underway! {Spotted in New Zealand by JungleDragon user, Daniel Nelson} #JungleDragon
    Posted 3 years ago
    1. As usual, a wonderful summary for these beautiful birds! Posted 3 years ago
      1. Thanks Marta! Posted 3 years ago

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The yellow-eyed penguin or ''hoiho'' is a penguin native to New Zealand. Previously thought closely related to the little penguin , molecular research has shown it more closely related to penguins of the genus ''Eudyptes''. Like most other penguins, it is mainly piscivorous.

The species breeds around the South Island of New Zealand, as well as Stewart Island, Auckland Islands, and Campbell Islands. Colonies on the Otago Peninsula are a popular tourist venue, where visitors may closely.. more

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Uploaded Jul 11, 2016. Captured Jul 11, 2016 07:41 in 35 Kaimata Rd, Cape Saunders 9077, New Zealand.
  • Canon EOS 6D
  • f/11.0
  • 1/1000s
  • ISO2000
  • 500mm