A different penguin

Most penguins we see, are (sub-)Antarctic penguins. That makes sense of course, as we only visit these regions. There is one penguin, however, that also occurs further north.  The Magellanic Penguin can be found all around the southern parts of South America. We often see the first ones already when we have just left Ushuaia and are sailing through the Beagle Channel. Also on the Falklands, we see them a lot.

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A Magellanic Penguin outside its burrow

The breeding behaviour of the Magellanic Penguin also differs from the others we see. Where the Emperor and King Penguin lay their eggs on their feet and the brush-tail (Gentoo, Adelie and Chinstrap) and crested (Rockhopper and Macaroni) penguins all make a nest with pebbles, the Magellanic dig burrows and make their nest underground. This, of course, is possible for the more northernly Magellanic and not possible for the others, which breed in areas where the ground is permanently frozen.

Arjen Drost

Arjen is a Polar ecologist, nature photographer and full time expedition guide on expedition cruise ships in both Polar regions. With his pictures and stories he likes to show the beauty of these very fragile and threatened places.

2 comments

    • Well… There are penguins in South Africa, New Zealand and even close to the equator on the Galapagos. Not on the North Pole though, it is a Southern Hemisphere group. But definitely not only on Antarctica.

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