Magellanic Penguin Spheniscus magellanicus
Chilean name: Pingüino de Magellanes
Magellanic Penguin Tierra del Fuego, Chile, December 2005 - click for larger image Tierra del Fuego, Chile
December 2005

The Magellanic Penguin is distributed from the waters off central Chile round Tierra del Fuego to the waters off central Argentina. It nests in large colonies on beaches or in nearby forest.

Its head pattern is similar to the Humboldt Penguin S. humboldti found further north off the coasts of northern Chile and Peru except the Humboldt Penguin has a larger pink area at the base of the bill. It looks even more like the Jackass Penguin S. demersus of southern Africa except the Magellanic Penguin has a thin white line running from the chin to under the eye.

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