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Little Penguin

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About the Little Penguin

Also known as: Little Blue Penguin, Blue Penguin, Fairy Penguin, Kororā

The Little Penguin, also known as Little Blue Penguin, Fairy Penguin, or Blue Penguin, is the smallest species of penguin in the world. They live in Australia and New Zealand.

Little Penguins feed on fish and other small sea creatures. They hunt during daylight, swimming from sunrise to sunset. Little Penguins are social birds, living in colonies and nesting in burrows.

Details & Stats

Hatched Added to Birdorable on: 19 November 2012
Scientific Name Eudyptula minor
  • Sphenisciformes
  • Spheniscidae
  • Eudyptula
  • E. minor
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 27 September 2017)
Units: Imperial Metric
12 to 13 inches
53 ounces
Range Australia and New Zealand

International Names

  • 小企鹅 (Chinese)
  • tučňák nejmenší (Czech)
  • Dværgpingvin (Danish)
  • Dwergpinguïn (Dutch)
  • sinipingviini (Finnish)
  • Manchot pygmée (French)
  • Zwergpinguin (German)
  • Pinguino minore blu (Italian)
  • コビトペンギン [kobitopengin] (Japanese)
  • Dvergpingvin (Norwegian)
  • pingwin maly (Polish)
  • Малый пингвин (Russian)
  • Pingüino Enano (Spanish)
  • Dvärgpingvin (Swedish)