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Hoiho (Yellow-eyed Penguin )

Megadyptes antipodes
Hoiho (Yellow-eyed Penguin )

Range

They are only found in New Zealand.

Habitat

They live in forests and scrublands near the coast and spend a good part of their time in the water - feeding.

Body Traits

They are dark on the back and white on the front. They have a yellow band of color around their heads and yellow eyes. They are about 2 feet tall and weigh about 10 pounds.

Habits

They have a sharp call. They can live up to 20 years. Their chicks are sometimes eaten by dogs, weasels (stoats), cats and ferrets.

Diet

They eat fish and squid.

Reproduction

They live alone, not in groups like most penguins. They nest off by themselves. The nest of leaves and grass is tucked safely against a tree or bush. The couple, who mate for life, take turns sitting on and warming the eggs (incubating) for 6 weeks.

Hoiho (Yellow-eyed Penguin )

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