Chinstrap Penguin

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.

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Details & Statistics

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

International Names

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