Yellow-eyed Penguin

About the Yellow-eyed Penguin

Also known as: Hoiho

The Yellow-eyed Penguin is an endangered penguin that is native to New Zealand and breeds around the country's South Island. Locally it is also known as Hoiho. The large penguin has a pale yellow iris with a band of bright yellow running from its eyes around the back of the head.

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Details & Statistics

Added to Birdorable
Hatched on 21 October 2009
Scientific Name
Megadyptes antipodes
  • Sphenisciformes
  • Spheniscidae
  • Megadyptes
  • M. antipodes
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Conservation Status
Endangered (as of 7 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
30 inches


From IUCN Red List:
The Yellow-eyed Penguin is listed as Endangered on the IUCN Red List and was last assessed in 2012 by BirdLife International. This species is listed as Endangered because it is confined to a very small range when breeding, in which its forest/scrub habitat has declined in quality. Its population has undergone extreme fluctuations and is now thought to be in overall decline.

International Names

Chinese (汉语) 黄眼企鹅
Czech (Cesky) Tučňák žlutooký
Danish (Dansk) Guløjet Pingvin
Dutch (Nederlands) Geeloogpinguïn
Finnish (Suomi) Keltasilmäpingviini
French (Français) Manchot Antipode
German (Deutsch) Gelbaugenpinguin
Italian (Italiano) Pinguino degli Antipodi
Japanese (日本語) キンメペンギン (Kimmepengin)
Norwegian (Norsk) Guløyepingvin
Polish (Polski) pingwin zóltooki
Russian (русский язык) великолепный пингвин
Spanish (Español) Pingüino Ojigualdo
Swedish (Svenska) Gulögd pingvin
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