Magellanic Penguins

The Magellanic Penguin is a widely distributed species of South American Penguin found in the Falkland Islands and along the Atlantic Coast. An entirely white belly and black back are distinct features of this species. Males are larger than females, typically weighing between 5.9 to 14.3 lbs. (2.7 to 6.5 kg) and measuring up to 30 inches (76.2 cm) in length. Individuals live up to 30 years in captivity and 25 in the wild. The Magellanic Penguin follows a migratory pattern influenced by location; some travel north towards Peru and Brazi, others south to the Antarctic Peninsula, Australia and New Zealand. These birds inhabit a wide range of habitats, including grasslands or low forests. During breeding season (September to late March), individuals form densely populated nesting colonies. Nesting sites are simple: on the surface of bushes or in burrows. Both parents share the task of incubating two eggs, which lasts for 39 to 42 days.