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SCIENTIFIC NAME: Eudyptes chrysolophus
POPULATION: 12.6 million
HABITAT: Breeds on rocky slopes or bare, level ground; spends rest of time at sea.
The Macaroni Penguin is part of a larger group known as crested penguins, all found on small islands in the southernmost reaches of the world’s oceans. All crested penguins are distinguished by eye-catching yellow crests and reddish eyes, beaks, and feet.
The Macaroni Penguin’s range barely reaches the Americas, where it can be seen around the coasts of Tierra del Fuego in southern Argentina and Chile. The bulk of the population dwells outside of the Americas, breeding on small islands in the sub-Antarctic regions of the South Atlantic and Indian Oceans.