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About the Yellow-eyed Penguin

Also known as: Hoiho

The Yellow-eyed Penguin is an endangered penguin that is native to New Zealand and breeds around the country's South Island. Locally it is also known as Hoiho. The large penguin has a pale yellow iris with a band of bright yellow running from its eyes around the back of the head.

Details & Stats

Hatched Added to Birdorable on: 21 October 2009
Scientific Name Megadyptes antipodes
  • Sphenisciformes
  • Spheniscidae
  • Megadyptes
  • M. antipodes
Birdorable Family Penguins
Conservation Status Endangered
  • 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 September 2017)
Units: Imperial Metric
30 inches
Range Australia and New Zealand


From IUCN Red List:
The Yellow-eyed Penguin is listed as Endangered on the IUCN Red List and was last assessed in 2012 by BirdLife International. This species is listed as Endangered because it is confined to a very small range when breeding, in which its forest/scrub habitat has declined in quality. Its population has undergone extreme fluctuations and is now thought to be in overall decline.

International Names

  • 黄眼企鹅 (Chinese)
  • Tučňák žlutooký (Czech)
  • Guløjet Pingvin (Danish)
  • Geeloogpinguïn (Dutch)
  • Keltasilmäpingviini (Finnish)
  • Manchot Antipode (French)
  • Gelbaugenpinguin (German)
  • Pinguino degli Antipodi (Italian)
  • キンメペンギン (Kimmepengin) (Japanese)
  • Guløyepingvin (Norwegian)
  • pingwin zóltooki (Polish)
  • великолепный пингвин (Russian)
  • Pingüino Ojigualdo (Spanish)
  • Gulögd pingvin (Swedish)

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