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Chinstrap Penguin

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  • Chaetura pelagica
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About the Chinstrap Penguin

Also known as: Antarctic Penguin, Bearded Penguin, Ringed Penguin, Stone-cracker

The Chinstrap Penguin is a species of penguin that lives in parts of Antarctica and surrounding islands. They measure about two feet tall and are named for the thin black stripe that runs under their chins, which looks like a helmet strap.

Chinstrap Penguins breed in huge colonies, which may number several million individual birds.

Two Chinstrap Penguins named Roy and Silo became famous after forming a same-sex partnership at the Central Park Zoo in New York. Roy and Silo tried to hatch rocks and attempted to steal eggs from other birds in their enclosure. After being given a fertile egg by zookeepers, the male couple successfully hatched and raised a penguin chick to adulthood.

Details & Stats

Hatched Added to Birdorable on: 02 December 2011
Scientific Name Pygoscelis antarcticus
  • Sphenisciformes
  • Spheniscidae
  • Pygoscelis
  • P. antarcticus
Birdorable Family Penguins
Conservation Status Least Concern
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
(as of 28 September 2017)
Units: Imperial Metric
27 inches
211 ounces
Range Antarctic

International Names

  • tučňák uzdičkový (Czech)
  • Rempingvin (Danish)
  • Stormbandpinguïn (Dutch)
  • myssypingviini (Finnish)
  • Manchot à jugulaire (French)
  • Kehlstreifpinguin (German)
  • Pigoscelide dell'Antartide (Italian)
  • ヒゲペンギン (higepengin) (Japanese)
  • Ringpingvin (Norwegian)
  • pingwin maskowy (Polish)
  • антарктический пингвин (Russian)
  • Pingüino Barbijo (Spanish)
  • Hakremspingvin (Swedish)

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