Seabird information

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Yellow-eyed penguin

Hoiho | Megadyptes antipodes

Has a dark head, yellow eyes, a yellow eye band and pink feet

Often seen returning to isolated beaches at dusk in southern New Zealand, though it's one of the rarest penguins

Feeds on fish and squid

Breeds only in New Zealand and its subantarctic islands, from September to January

NZ Conservation Status Nationally Vulnerable

Hoiho greet each other loudly when an adult returns to the nest. Their Maori name means 'noise shouter'. Despite this reputation for noise, yellow-eyed penguins are shy and like to nest away from others.

Penguins may look cumbersome on land, but they are expert swimmers underwater. Their dense stubby feathers provide the insulation needed to stay warm in the cold water. During their annual 3-4 week moult, penguins have to lose and regain all their feathers at once. They can't swim or eat during this time and lose several kilos of body weight.

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Yellow-eyed penguin

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Hoiho | Megadyptes antipodes

Has a dark head, yellow eyes, a yellow eye band and pink feet

Often seen returning to isolated beaches at dusk in southern New Zealand, though it's one of the rarest penguins

Feeds on fish and squid

Breeds only in New Zealand and its subantarctic islands, from September to January

NZ Conservation Status Nationally Vulnerable

Hoiho greet each other loudly when an adult returns to the nest. Their Maori name means 'noise shouter'. Despite this reputation for noise, yellow-eyed penguins are shy and like to nest away from others.

Penguins may look cumbersome on land, but they are expert swimmers underwater. Their dense stubby feathers provide the insulation needed to stay warm in the cold water. During their annual 3-4 week moult, penguins have to lose and regain all their feathers at once. They can't swim or eat during this time and lose several kilos of body weight.