Did You Know?
The chinstrap penguin is the second most numerous penguin in the world. This penguin belongs to a group of penguins known as the brush-tailed or stiff-tailed penguins.

Chinstrap Penguin
Pygoscelis antarctica
Standing Height:
28-30 InchesWeight:

8.5-9.5 PoundsPlumage:

Top and back of head, back and tail black. Areas around eyes, chin, cheek and belly are white. A thin black stripe extends from the back of the head around the chin. Bill is black. Legs and feet are pink with black soles.Eyes:

Red-Brown



Names:

Common: Chinstrap penguin, bearded penguin, stone cracker.
Scientific: Pygoscelis Antarctica. Pygoscelis meaning ‘rump legged’ and Antarctica referring to the area in which they live.

Home:
Circumpolar, breeding south of the Antarctic Convergence on islands and on the Antarctic Peninsula.

Diet:
Primarily krill but occasionally small fish.

Habits:
Chinstraps are the boldest, most combative and agile of the brush-tailed species.

Reproduction:
Chinstraps nest in large colonies and share these breeding locations with both Gentoo and Adelie penguins. Mates are monogamous. The nest is simple, composed of stones, feathers and bones. Lays 2 eggs, generally 3 days apart. Incubation lasts 37 days and is shared by both male and female. Chicks remain at the nest until fledging at about 7-8 weeks of age.

Predators:
Leopards seals prey on adults while skuas and sheathbills take chicks and eggs.

Conservation Challenges and Solutions:
Regulation of commercial krill fishing in waters near breeding colonies. Control of marine pollution, particularly oil spills and chemical contamination. Limitation of tourist activity near breeding colonies.

Population/IUCN- The World Conservation Union designation:
Least Concern population estimated at 8,000,000 birds.

North American Zoos & Aquariums:
Captive population in North America =