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(Meyen 1834) (Meyen 1834)
Sphenisciformes - Spheniscidae Sphenisciformes - Spheniscidae
Humboldt Penguin  - Spheniscus humboldti Humboldt Penguin  - Spheniscus humboldti
(Meyen 1834) (Meyen 1834)
Sphenisciformes - Spheniscidae Sphenisciformes - Spheniscidae
Humboldt Penguin  - Spheniscus humboldti Humboldt Penguin  - Spheniscus humboldti

Humboldt Penguin:  

UK Status: None resident, but can be seen in the UK at Sea Life Centres and Zoo's.

Habitat: This South America penguin resides on most of the Peruvian coast. It likes islands and rocky area of coastline which are fairly isolated. These penguins feed on many vertebrate, and invertebrate forms of fish.

Breeding: This penguin nests on islands and isolated stretches of rocky coast. Nest are made in burrows they make through piles guano, sometimes they will nest in a simple scrape, or in caves and rock crevices. Females lay two largish white eggs in a clutch, there are sometimes two clutches per year. Egg laying happens between March and September, peaking in April, and again in August and September.

Comment: This bird is not sexually dimorphic, but is monomorphic, that is to say there are no significant differences in the appearance of males and females. The bird swims in the Humboldt current, both the bird and the current are named after the explorer, Alexander von Humboldt.

 

(Meyen 1834) (Meyen 1834) (Meyen 1834) (Meyen 1834)
Sphenisciformes - Spheniscidae Sphenisciformes - Spheniscidae Sphenisciformes - Spheniscidae Sphenisciformes - Spheniscidae
Humboldt Penguin  - Spheniscus humboldti Humboldt Penguin  - Spheniscus humboldti Humboldt Penguin  - Spheniscus humboldti Humboldt Penguin  - Spheniscus humboldti

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