Chinstrap penguin

The most grumpy penguin with a helmet and a chinstrap!

Christopher Michel

The species derives its name from the presence of “chinstrap, ” extending across the white face and under the chin.

Chinstraps spend their lives in large groups called rookeries on the rocky, ice-free coasts of sub-Antarctic islands and the northern Antarctic Peninsula. They’re the most common penguins in the Antarctic. Zavodovski Island has an active volcano and is home to the largest chinstrap penguin colony. No studies on the long-term impact of volcanic eruptions on penguin colonies. These screechers are the most aggressive and also ill-tempered. They may stare, point, and charge during territorial disputes. Studies revealed the presence of microplastics in three penguin species; the chinstrap is one of those.

Distribution

Country
Population est.
Status
Year
Comments
Atlantic Ocean
2020
Indian ocean
2020
Pacific ocean
2020
Antarctica
2020
Breeding
Argentina
2020
Seasonality Uncertain
Australia
2020
Vagrant
Bouvet Island
2020
Breeding
Chile
2020
Falkland Islands
2020
Malvinas
French Southern T.
2020
Heard & McDonald
2020
Vagrant
New Zealand
2020
Vagrant
Saint Helena
2020
Vagrant
South Africa
2020
Vagrant
South Georgia
2020
Breeding

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Terrestrial / Aquatic

Altricial / Precocial

Polygamous / Monogamous

Dimorphic (size) / Monomorphic

Active: Diurnal / Nocturnal

Social behavior: Solitary / Pack / Herd / Colony

Diet: Carnivore / Herbivore / Omnivore / Piscivorous / Insectivore

Migratory: Yes / No

Domesticated: Yes / No

Dangerous: Yes / No