Our Beautiful World

Fiordland Penguin, Eudyptes pachyrhynchus   
Fiorland Crested Penguin

Fiordland Penguin   Fiordlandpingvin      Gorfou de Fjordland Dickschnabelpinguin
   Skogpingvin  Pinguino de Fjordland





www.penguin.net.nz

The Fiordland Crested Penguin, Eudyptes pachyrhynchus, also known as Tawaki (Maori), is a species of crested penguin.
It breeds along the Fiordland coast and its outlying islands as well as on Stewart Island/Rakiura.


© www.photovolcanica.com

Also known as the Fiordland Crested Penguin, the Fiordland Penguin was described in 1845 by English zoologist George
Robert Gray, its specific epithet derived from the Ancient Greek pachy- 'thick' and rhynchos -'beak'.
It is one of six species in the genus Eudyptes, the generic name derived from the Ancient Greek eu 'good' and dyptes 'diver'


© www.photovolcanica.com

They are medium-sized, yellow-crested, black-and-white penguins, growing to approximately 60 cm (24 in) long and
weighing about 3.7 kg (8.2 lbs). It has dark, bluish-grey upperparts with a darker head, and white underparts.
It has a broad, yellow eyebrow-stripe which extends over the eye and drops down the neck.
Most birds have 3-6 whitish stripes on the face.



© www.photovolcanica.com

The main prey species reported for Fiordland penguins are cephalopods (85%, mainly Arrow squid, Nototodarus sloanii),
followed by crustaceans (13%, primarily Krill, Nyctiphanes australis) and fish (2%, mainly Red Cod and Hoki).
However, the importance of cephalopods might be exaggerated.



© www.photovolcanica.com

The current status of this penguin is vulnerable due to its small population. Current population estimates range between
2,500-3,000 pairs and is thought to have declined since the late 1980s by around 33%. It is under threat from introduced
predators including dogs, cats, stoats and rats.

This penguin nests in colonies in dense temperate forest. It breeds along the Fiordland coast and its outlying islands as well
as on Stewart Island/Rakiura.

ARKive video - Group of Fiordland crested penguins walking through forest habitat
Group of Fiordland crested penguins walking through forest habitat
BBC Natural History Unit
http://www.arkive.org/fiordland-crested-penguin/eudyptes-pac


Fiordland National Park is located in the southwest corner of the South Island in New Zealand.
It is the largest of the 14 national parks that currently exist in New Zealand with an area of 12,500 km ².
Fiordland coast is rugged, with fjords spread through the valleys of the Southern Alps,
such as the hills and mountains Kepler Murchison.
In the northern region of the park there are several peaks some of which exceed 2,000 m.

© http://www.newzealandholidays.org.uk
hyrhynchus/video-06b.html?displayMode=credits

Text on this page mainly from Wikipedia
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fiordland_Penguin


bukkm.gif
ANIMALS

over 250

birdm.jpg
BIRDS

over 500

flower.jpg
FLOWERS

over 225
Google
 
Web www.vulkaner.no




Free Counter

This page has been made with Macromedia Dreamweaver