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Galapagos Wildlife, Galapagos Penguin

The Galapagos penguin is endemic to the archipelago. It is a descendant of a small group of Humboldt Penguins lost would have been swept away by ocean currents and have colonized the Galapagos. It is one of the smallest in the world and live in the most unexpected corners of the islands. You can measure between 48 and 53 cm in height.

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  • Scientific name:Spheniscus mendiculus
  • Class:Aves
  • Family:Spheniscidae
  • Size:35 a 53 cm
  • Weight:2 kg

 

 

Galapagos Penguin

The Galapagos penguin is an animal that catches the attention of tourists. You can measure between 48 and 53 cm in height. It is found in the most unexpected corners of the island of Fernandina, Isabela, Floreana, Bartolomé and Santiago. The species is highly vulnerable to fluctuations in sea temperature and the El Niño can have a great effect on the reproductive rate and cause imbalances in the frequency of males and females.

The species is highly vulnerable to fluctuations in sea temperature and the El Niño can have a great effect on the reproductive rate and cause imbalances in the frequency of males and females. The Galapagos penguin is also called "the Galapagos Booby Bird." It feeds mainly on fish and crustaceans. They often fish in groups. Nest between rocks or in small caves. The setting usually consists of two eggs which are incubated for about 40 days. They can have up to three breeding periods per year, taking advantage of the abundance of resources that provide the Galapagos Islands.

They can have up to three breeding periods per year, taking advantage of the abundance of resources that provide the Galapagos Islands. Unlike other penguins, the Galapagos has no specific time of reproduction. Pairs where there is plenty of food. Pair up for life. Both males and females care for eggs and chicks.

Both males and females care for eggs and chicks. Penguins in general, have very specialized feathers to keep warm in very cold and repelling water when diving. The feathers form a rigid structure of the body on the outside but soft and warm inside.

The feathers form a rigid structure of the body on the outside but soft and warm inside. The Galapagos penguin is the species found further north and the only one who lives in the tropics, in full equator. Its endemic nature makes it very vulnerable to changes, is especially susceptible to the weather phenomenon known as "The Child."

Galapagos Wildlife, Galapagos Penguin

Galapagos Wildlife

 

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