Galapagos Penguin

About the Galapagos Penguin

Also known as: Galápagos Penguin
The Galapagos Penguin is one of approximately 20 species of penguin in the world. They are the species with the northernmost range and the only penguins to live north of the equator. They are mostly found on two islands of the Galapagos: Fernandina Island, and Isabela Island.

Galapagos Penguins have special adaptations to help them keep cool in their tropical latitude habitat, including using their wings and bodies to shelter their bare feet from the heat of the sun, and panting to cool the throat and airway. The most used method for cooling off is jumping into the water!

Galapagos Penguins are considered to be endangered, and the most endangered of all penguin species. One of the many threats they face is predation by introduced predators, like cats on Isabela Island.
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Details & Statistics

Added to Birdorable
Hatched on 20 November 2021
Scientific Name
Spheniscus mendiculus
  • Sphenisciformes
  • Spheniscidae
  • Spheniscus
  • S. mendiculus
Birdorable Family
Units: Imperial / Metric
18.9 to 20.9 inches
66.2 to 74.7 ounces

International Names

Chinese (汉语) 加岛企鹅
Czech (Cesky) tučňák galapážský
Danish (Dansk) Galapagospingvin
Dutch (Nederlands) Galápagospinguïn
Finnish (Suomi) galapagosinpingviini
French (Français) Manchot des Galapagos
German (Deutsch) Galápagospinguin
Italian (Italiano) Pinguino delle Galapagos
Japanese (日本語) garapagosupengin [ガラパゴスペンギン]
Norwegian (Norsk) Galapagospingvin
Polish (Polski) pingwin równikowy
Portuguese (Português) Pinguim-das-galápagos
Russian (русский язык) Галапагосский пингвин
Spanish (Español) Pingüino de Galápagos
Swedish (Svenska) galápagospingvin
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