Royal Penguins & Macaroni Penguins

Over the last few years we have looked at a few different species of penguins, today we wanted to take a look at a couple of the lesser known ones, to raise some awareness for the Royal and Macaroni Penguins. We have compiled 5 facts for each as well as an information sheet.

Information Sheet:

Name: Royal Penguin - Eudyptes schlegeli

Average Weight: 9 - 14 pounds

Average Size: 28 inches

Lifespan in the Wild: 15 - 20 years

IUCN Status: Near Threatened

Population: 1,700,000 mature individual - Last assed by IUCN Red List in August 2018.

General Information: The Royal Penguins are native to Macquarie Island and nearby islets. They do leave Macquarie for around 6 months after their breeding seasons and it is unknown where they go for this period of time.

Royal Penguin from  wild_lachie on Instagram

| Photo Credits to @wild_lachie on Instagram

5 Facts About Royal Penguins

  1. The Royal Penguin gets its name from the crown on its head made up of the bright yellow plumes. These plumes get more luscious as the penguin gets older.

  2. Similarly to other species of penguin the Royal penguin lays two eggs, however the first egg is often smaller and will be discarded before the second egg is laid, researchers currently don't know why they do this.

  3. They occupy the same beaches as elephant seals, which often leads to Royal penguins of all ages being crushed as the elephant seals make their way across the beach. 

  4. It is currently estimated that there are 500,000 breeding pairs, but despite this high number they are still considered vulnerable, largely because they mainly live in one large colony and all congregate in a small area to breed, leaving them vulnerable.

  5. Many breeding pairs of Royal penguins are monogamous and will meet in October to breed once the females have returned to their colony after hunting.

Information Sheet:

Name: Macaroni Penguin - Eudyptes chrysolophus

Average Weight: 11 pounds

Average Size: 20 - 28 inches

Lifespan in the Wild: 15 years

IUCN Status: Vulnerable

Population: 11 million birds - Figure from Biological Diversity.

General Information: These penguins are migratory species, they are typically found around the sub-Antarctic to the Antarctic Peninsula. It is estimated that there are around 216 colonies found around 50 sites. 

Macaroni Penguin - manwiththemap Instagram Image

 | Photo credits to @manwiththemap on Instagram

5 Facts About Macaroni Penguins

  1. In the 18th century a macaroni was a man with a flamboyant style and excessive accessories, this is where the Macaroni Penguin gets it name as a reflection of it stunning yellow crest.

  2. Most penguins you see will waddle, but the Macaroni will also hop to get around!

  3. The Macaroni penguin is very closely related to the Royal Penguins, as both are classed as crested penguins. There are 6 species of crested penguins, the Macaroni, Royal, Fiordland, Southern Rockhoppers, Snares and Erect-crested penguins. The Macaroni penguin is the largest of the crested penguins

  4. These penguins can travel around 250 miles to find the perfect hunting location.

  5. Once a year they will moult to replace their worn out feathers with fresh new ones. 

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