Animals & Wildlife Magazine

Featured Animal: Humboldt Penguin

By Azanimals @azanimals
Humboldt Penguin The Humboldt penguin is a medium-sized species of penguin that is found breeding on the coasts of South America. The Humboldt penguin is similar in appearance to and closely related to other more northern penguin species including the African penguin, the magellanic penguin and the Galapagos penguin.

Humboldt Penguin The Humboldt penguin is one of the most northern-dwelling penguin species as it is found natively breeding on the coastlines of Peru and Chile. The Humboldt penguin is named after the cold water current that it spends most of it's time swimming in, which is itself named after the explorer, Alexander von Humboldt.

Humboldt Penguin
Humboldt penguins are medium-sized penguins that can grow to heights of 70 cm or more. Also the Humboldt penguin is undoubtedly very similar in appearance a number of other penguin species, the Humboldt penguin can be easily identified by the pink, fleshy base at the end of their bills.

Humboldt Penguin
All penguins are fantastic swimmers and the Humboldt penguin is no exception. Humboldt penguins use their powerful flippers and streamlined bodies, aided by their webbed feet to soar through the water. Humboldt penguin populations have been severely affected in their native regions due to increasing commercial fishing which leaves less food for the penguins to eat.

The Humboldt penguin is a carnivorous animal, that like all other penguin species, survives on a diet that is only comprised of marine animals. Krill and small crustaceans make up the bulk of the Humboldt penguin's diet along with larger organisms including squid and various species of fish. Humboldt penguins can be at sea for days at a time whilst hunting and catch their food by diving deep into the water for minutes at a time.

The Humboldt penguin has few predators on land, the main ones being large snakes and sea-birds that hunt their eggs . Large leopard seals hunt the Humboldt penguin in the water along with large sharks and killer whales. Humboldt penguin populations have also been seriously affected by human hunting, and are easily affected by changes in the water from oil spills and chemical pollutants.

Humboldt penguins nest on beaches and rocky islands along the South American coast, where their range in Chile overlaps that of the closely related magellanic penguin (these sites are known as rookeries). The female Humboldt penguin lays two eggs which are incubated for just over a month and usually fledge (leave the nest) when they are between 2 and 3 months old.

Today, the Humboldt penguin populations throughout the Pacific Ocean have been drastically declining over the past few years, with human interference (mainly habitat loss and over-fishing) being the main cause.


You Might Also Like :

Back to Featured Articles on Logo Paperblog

These articles might interest you :

  • FFS Friday - Emergency Tribe

    I've mentioned before that I feel alone most of the time, like I don't have a tribe. Over the last few weeks I've come to realise that whilst I don't have an... Read more

    7 hours, 37 minutes ago by   Glossqueen
    HAIR & BEAUTY, SELF EXPRESSION
  • Joshua’s 10 Most Listened to Albums of 2018 – Pop/Rock!

    Joshua’s Most Listened Albums 2018 Pop/Rock!

    I listened to a lot of fun music in 2018, some of it brand new, some of it holding over from years past, and some really in a kind of rediscovery way. And as... Read more

    16 hours, 22 minutes ago by   Phjoshua
    LIFESTYLE, SELF EXPRESSION
  • Video: Backpacking Sequoia National Park in California

    Video: Backpacking Sequoia National Park California

    Sequoia National Park is one of my favorite parks in the entire U.S. system. It is an utterly spectacular wilderness that has a lot to offer visitors,... Read more

    The 14 December 2018 by   Kungfujedi
    OUTDOORS
  • Friday 14th December: Jane Hales

    Friday 14th December: Jane Hales

    One of my favourite stories about Evelyn de Morgan is when her sister, Mrs Anna Stirling visited the Russell-Cotes at Gallery and saw their massive painting... Read more

    The 14 December 2018 by   Kirsty Stonell Walker
    CULTURE
  • Give The Tennis Gift That Keeps On Giving: Court Crate

    Give Tennis Gift That Keeps Giving: Court Crate

    I only know one person who actually enjoys spending hours (and hours, and hours…) at crowded stores in search of the best deals on tennis-y Christmas gifts…yeah... Read more

    The 14 December 2018 by   Jen Campbell
  • Gifts For The Beauty Lover–No Matter What Your Budget Is

    Whether your shopping for your mom who wants a luxurious facial serum, a friend who loves nail polish, or your girlfriend who asked for a new blush... Read more

    The 14 December 2018 by   A Girl In La - Style Blog
    DIARIES, LIFESTYLE
  • Adjusting Obsessions

    Adjusting Obsessions

    Things are going to be quite different around these parts going forward. Obsessions have adjusted and I figured it was time to update my blog to match my curren... Read more

    The 14 December 2018 by   Seliharris
    SOCIETY