Gentoo Penguin

About the Gentoo Penguin

Also known as: Johnny Penguin

The Gentoo Penguin is a species of penguin that lives around the Antarctic. Their preferred habitat is a rocky substrate, rather than ice- or snow-covered landscape.

Gentoo Penguins are closely related to Adelie Penguins and Chinstrap Penguins. They can easily be distinguised from these species by their orange-red bills and feet.

Awkward on land, Gentoo Penguins swim gracefully in water and maintain a diet mainly consisting of krill and small fish. They breed communally in groups of up to a few hundred pairs.

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Details & Statistics

Added to Birdorable
Hatched on 28 July 2012
Scientific Name
Pygoscelis papua
  • Sphenisciformes
  • Spheniscidae
  • Pygoscelis
  • P. papua
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Conservation Status
Near Threatened (as of 6 April 2020)
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
Units: Imperial / Metric
31.5 inches
35.3 ounces


From IUCN Red List:
The Gentoo Penguin is listed as Near Threatened on the IUCN Red List and was last assessed in 2012 by BirdLife International. This species qualifies as Near Threatened because, while some populations have apparently increased, rapid declines in some key populations are suspected to be driving a moderately rapid global population decline.

International Names

Chinese (汉语) 白眉企鹅
Czech (Cesky) tučňák oslí
Danish (Dansk) Æselpingvin
Dutch (Nederlands) Ezelspinguïn
Finnish (Suomi) valkokulmapingviini
French (Français) Manchot papou
German (Deutsch) Eselspinguin
Italian (Italiano) Pinguino Papua
Japanese (日本語) ジエンツアペンギン [jentsu-pengin]
Norwegian (Norsk) Bøylepingvin
Polish (Polski) pingwin bialobrewy
Russian (русский язык) Папуасский пингвин
Spanish (Español) Pingüino Juanito
Swedish (Svenska) Åsnepingvin
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