Northern rockhopper penguins
- FamilySpheniscidae (penguins)
- Weightca. 2,5 kg
- HabitatCoasts and offshore islands
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.
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.
Hellabrunn Zoo participates in the European Endangered Species Programmes