Southern Rockhopper Penguin (species: Eudyptes chrysocome) in taxonomy (Gaia Guide)
Eudyptes chrysocome
Southern Rockhopper Penguin

©Tim Ellis: Southern Rockhopper Penguins (Eudyptes chrysocome)

©Samuel Blanc: Southern Rockhopper Penguin (Eudyptes chrysocome)
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Aves
Order Sphenisciformes
Family Spheniscidae
Genus Eudyptes
Species Eudyptes chrysocome
Status vulnerable



Distinguishing features

It has slate-grey upper parts and has straight, bright yellow eyebrows ending in long yellowish plumes projecting sideways behind a red eye. (Wikipedia)


  • From 45 cm to 58 cm (Length of specimen) - applies to Adults


  • Wingspan data is not yet available.



©Atlas of Living Australia: Australian distribution

Distribution and habitat preferences

The Southern Rockhopper Penguin group has a global population of roughly 1 million pairs. About two-thirds of the global population belongs to E. c. chrysocome which breeds on the Falkland Islands and on islands off Argentina and southern Chile. These include most significantly Isla de los Estados, the Ildefonso Islands, the Diego Ram���������rez Islands and Isla Noir. E. c. filholi breeds on the Prince Edward Islands, the Crozet Islands, the Kerguelen Islands, Heard Island, Macquarie Island, Campbell Island, the Auckland Islands and the Antipodes Islands. Outside the breeding season, the birds can be found roaming the waters offshore their colonies. (Wikipedia)


These penguins feed on krill, squid, octopus, lantern fish, mollusks, plankton, cuttlefish, and mainly crustaceans. (Wikipedia)

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