Northern rockhopper penguins

Eudyptes moseleyi

[Translate to English:] The image shows a portrait of a northern rockhopper penguin with yellow feathers on its black head and a white belly. IUCN Red List endangerment category: Endangered
  • Family
    Spheniscidae (penguins)
  • Weight
    ca. 2,5 kg
  • Habitat
    Coasts and offshore islands

A fascinating spectaclel

A breeding colony on the edge of the Antarctic can host up to 100,000 nests. Yet despite the vast number of nests and animals, rockhopper penguins are able to find their exact nest when they return each year to breed. Both parents incubate the eggs and assist in rearing the chicks.


The picture shows a northern rockhopper penguin looking into the camera.

Distinguishing feature

Northern rockhopper penguins are distinguished by the thin bright yellow stripe above the eyes, which extends upwards into a yellow crest. Males and females can be identified by their size: females are often slightly smaller.

Rockhopper penguins usually forage in groups. They can dive up to 100 m deep to catch their prey.


Distribution Northern rockhopper penguins