Seabird information

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Little penguin

Korora | Eudyptula minor

Has a dark blue head and back, and a white belly

Often seen diving below the water's surface when spotted from a boat

Feeds on small fish

Breeds in the same place each year, around the coast of New Zealand and on offshore islands, from August to March

NZ Conservation Status Declining

The little penguin is the world's smallest penguin, standing around only 25 cm high. It is sometimes called the little blue penguin or the fairy penguin.

Little penguins forage at sea during the day and return to their burrows at night. They make loud wailing and growling sounds when they come ashore. It can be a dangerous journey home if crossing a road is involved, so it's important for motorists to take care on coastal roads.

Dogs readily attack and kill little penguins and many colonies have been lost from areas where dogs can roam freely around the coast.

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Little penguin

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Korora | Eudyptula minor

Has a dark blue head and back, and a white belly

Often seen diving below the water's surface when spotted from a boat

Feeds on small fish

Breeds in the same place each year, around the coast of New Zealand and on offshore islands, from August to March

NZ Conservation Status Declining

The little penguin is the world's smallest penguin, standing around only 25 cm high. It is sometimes called the little blue penguin or the fairy penguin.

Little penguins forage at sea during the day and return to their burrows at night. They make loud wailing and growling sounds when they come ashore. It can be a dangerous journey home if crossing a road is involved, so it's important for motorists to take care on coastal roads.

Dogs readily attack and kill little penguins and many colonies have been lost from areas where dogs can roam freely around the coast.