Little Penguin (Eudyptula minor)

Set of scaled elevation drawings of the Little Penguin viewed from the side and front

The Little Penguin (Eudyptula minor) is found in New Zealand and the Southern coast of Australia. Some communities call it fairy penguin, blue penguin, or little blue penguin because of its slate-blue feathers. This marine seabird is among the smallest penguins in the world, flightless, and has a black bill. The chin, throat, torso, and underside of flippers are white, while the head and neck are indigo-blue. Juveniles have shorter and thinner beaks. Apart from that, males are larger than females. The Little penguin is diurnal and has a longer lifespan, and both sexes assume parental responsibility from the breeding process to when the young have hatched.

Pair of back and resting poses of the Little Penguin

Little Penguins have an overall height between 12”-15” (30.5-38 cm) and body width of 4.7”-5.9” (12-15 cm). The typical weight of the Little Penguin is in the range of 2-3.5 lb (.9-1.6 kg). Little Penguins have lifespans between 5-7 years.

Details

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Height:
12”-15” | 30.5-38 cm
Width:
4.7”-5.9” | 12-15 cm
Depth:
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Weight:
2-3.5 lb | .9-1.6 kg
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Scientific Name:
Eudyptula minor
Lifespan:
5-7 years

Properties

Drawings include:

Little Penguin side elevations, front, back

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Penguins are a species of flightless aquatic birds that live south of the equator with the exception of one species that lives on Galapagos Island. Having adapted for water instead of air, the penguin’s wings have evolved from wings to flippers; useful for propelling the penguin through the water.

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