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Rockhopper Penguin

Rose-breasted Grosbeak
Rock Pigeon

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Rock Pigeon

  • Columba livia
  • Pigeons & Doves

About the Rockhopper Penguin

There are three species of Rockhopper Penguins - Southern, Northern and Eastern - that until recently were considered conspecific under the name Eudyptes chrysocome. The Southern Rockhopper Penguins are thought to have a global population of about 1 million pairs, two-thirds of these breeding on the Falkland Islands off Argentina and southern Chile. Their breeding colonies in South America are a popular tourist destination.

Some of the characters in the animated feature film Surf's Up are Rockhoppers and one of the characters voiced by Robin Williams in Happy Feet is a Rockhopper as well.

Details & Stats

Hatched Added to Birdorable on: 21 July 2009
Scientific Name Eudyptes chrysocome
  • Sphenisciformes
  • Spheniscidae
  • Eudyptes
  • E. chrysocome
Birdorable Family Penguins
Conservation Status Vulnerable
  • 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 29 May 2017)
Measurements
Units: Imperial Metric
18 to 23 inches
70 to 120 ounces
Range South America Antarctic

Conservation

From IUCN Red List:
The Rockhopper Penguin is listed as Vulnerable on the IUCN Red List and was last assessed in 2012 by BirdLife International. This species has been classified as Vulnerable owing to rapid population declines, which, although they have been on-going for perhaps a century, appear to have worsened in recent years.

International Names

  • Pingüim-de-penacho-amarelo (Brazilian)
  • Tučňák Skalní (Czech)
  • Springpingvin (Danish)
  • Rotspinguïn (Dutch)
  • Kalliotöyhtöpingviini (Finnish)
  • Gorfou Sauteur (French)
  • Felsenpinguin (German)
  • Eudipte Crestato (Italian)
  • イワトビペンギン (Iwatobipengin) (Japanese)
  • Klippehopperpingvin (Norwegian)
  • Pingwin Skalny (Polish)
  • хохлатый пингвин (Russian)
  • Pingüino Saltarrocas (Spanish)
  • Klipphopparpingvin (Swedish)

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