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[Photo] Fiordland Penguin (Eudyptes pachyrhynchus). Author: Thomas Mattern. Institution: Department of Zoology, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand
Date: 10.09.2003. Location: Breaksea Island, Fiordland, New Zealand
The Fiordland Crested Penguin (Eudyptes pachyrhynchus) is a penguin from New Zealand. It breeds along the Fiordland coast and its outlying islands as well as on Stewart Island/Rakiura.
It is a medium-sized, yellow-crested, black-and-white penguin, growing to approximately 60cm. It has dark, bluish-grey upperparts with a darker head, and white underparts. It has a broad, yellow eyebrow-stripe which extends over the eye and drops down the neck. Most birds have 3-6 whitish stripes on the face.
This penguin nests in colonies in dense temperate forest. It feeds on krill, fish, octopus and squid.
The current status of this penguin is vulnerable due to its small population. Current population estimates range between 2,500-3,000 pairs and is thought to have declined since the late 1980s by around 33%. It is under threat from introduced predators including dogs, cats, stoats and rats. The endemic Weka has been introduced to several islands where it preys on eggs and chicks.
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