Gentoo penguin

Bushy tailed fastest diving penguin

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The Gentoo is the third-largest species of penguin in the world. A typical tuxedo with distinctive triangular white patches above eyes that meet across the crown, a red-orange beak, and peach-colored feet make them the easiest penguins to identify.

Their colonies prefer ice-free, shoreline areas of islands surrounding Antarctica for nesting. Gentoo may dive 450 times a day as deep as 200m (650 ft) & are the fastest-swimming penguins in the world, with speeds of up to 36 km/h (22.4 mph).

They live about 20 years in the wild. Due to global warming, these warm-loving penguins are invading southern Antarctica and the northwestern coast of the Antarctic Peninsula.

Distribution

Country
Population est.
Status
Year
Comments
Atlantic ocean
2019
Indian ocean
2019
Pacific ocean
2019
Antarctica
2019
Breeding
Argentina
2019
Australia
2019
Breeding: Macquarie Is.
Bouvet Island
2019
Seasonality Uncertain
Chile
2019
Non-Breeding
Falkland Islands
2019
Breeding: Malvinas
French Southern T.
2019
Breeding
Heard & McDonald
2019
Breeding
New Zealand
2019
Vagrant
Saint Helena
2019
Vagrant
South Africa
2019
Breeding
South Georgia
2019
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