Little Penguin

About the Little Penguin

Also known as: Little Blue Penguin, Blue Penguin, Fairy Penguin, Koror?

The Little Penguin, also known as Little Blue Penguin, Fairy Penguin, or Blue Penguin, is the smallest species of penguin in the world. They live in Australia and New Zealand.

Little Penguins feed on fish and other small sea creatures. They hunt during daylight, swimming from sunrise to sunset. Little Penguins are social birds, living in colonies and nesting in burrows.

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Details & Statistics

Added to Birdorable
Hatched on 19 November 2012
Scientific Name
Eudyptula minor
  • Sphenisciformes
  • Spheniscidae
  • Eudyptula
  • E. minor
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Conservation Status
Least Concern (as of 5 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
12 to 13 inches
53 ounces

International Names

Chinese (汉语) 小企鹅
Czech (Cesky) tučňák nejmenší
Danish (Dansk) Dværgpingvin
Dutch (Nederlands) Dwergpinguïn
Finnish (Suomi) sinipingviini
French (Français) Manchot pygmée
German (Deutsch) Zwergpinguin
Italian (Italiano) Pinguino minore blu
Japanese (日本語) コビトペンギン [kobitopengin]
Norwegian (Norsk) Dvergpingvin
Polish (Polski) pingwin maly
Russian (русский язык) Малый пингвин
Spanish (Español) Pingüino Enano
Swedish (Svenska) Dvärgpingvin
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