Taken at Edinburgh zoo last week, reminds me a little of Predator with the bad hair.
Rockhopper penguins (Eudyptes moseleyi) are native to Argentina, Australia, Chile, the Falkland Islands, and New Zealand. They are the smallest of the crested species of penguins. They have striking yellow crests on their heads and distinctive red eyes.
Rockhopper penguins are noisy and quarrelsome, and get their name from their ability to hop from rock to rock. They use a series of bounds with both feet together to climb steep rock faces and then reach their rocky nesting sites by hopping over the surrounding rocks. They breed in colonies and feed on krill and other crustaceans as well as on squid, octopus, and fish.
Rockhoppers were the stars of the film “Surf’s Up” and also featured in “Happy Feet” where Lovelace was a rockhopper.
Populations of rockhopper penguins have been declining over the last century, but recent, more rapid declines in their numbers have caused concern. Because of these declines, rockhopper penguins have been listed by the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN) as an Endangered species, meaning that they are facing a very high risk of extinction in the wild.
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