Humboldt Penguin

About the Humboldt Penguin
Also known as: Peruvian Penguin
Humboldt Penguin

The Humboldt Penguin is a medium-sized species of penguin that lives in parts of South America. They nest along the Pacific coast.

Humboldt Penguins feed on small fish and krill which they hunt as they swim effortlessly through the water. They have spines on their tongues which help them hold and control their food.

In 2009 a same-sex pair of Humboldt Penguins raised a chick successfully together after the baby was abandoned by its biological parents. These male Humboldt Penguins, named Z and Vielpunkt, are not the first same-sex penguins to partner in the raising of a chick - a pair of Chinstrap Penguins at New York's Central Park Zoo did the same.

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This week we added the Humboldt Penguin to Birdorable. Humboldt Penguins live along the Pacific Coast of South America. They feed on small fish and krill which they hunt as they glide effortlessly through the water. The conservation status of the Humboldt Penguin is considered vulnerable; destruction...  Read more »

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