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We saw Rockhopper Penguins only on New Island in the Falkland Islands.
The Rockhopper Penguin rookery that we visited on New island is located in rocky cliffs above a narrow beach. It is populated by large numbers of Rockhopper Penguins and Blue-eyed Shags, nesting all mixed together.
Single male penguins advertise their availability with a loud calling display. They raise their beak skywards and flap their outstretched wings as they sing their penguin song. Each performance lasts the better part of a minute. Often there are a few performers scattered around the rookery singing at the same time.
Rockhopper Penguins have a crest of yellow feathers sprouting from the sides of their heads and a set of spiky black feathers on the top. They have red eyes and an orange beak.
Hear the Rockhopper Penguins.
The penguins have to negotiate a rocky, penguin highway to get down to the water a hundred feet below the rookery. After feeding in the open ocean, the adult penguins climb back up the rocky path, hopping up a few inches at a time with a belly full of fish to feed their chicks.
Penguin chicks cluster together in groups called creches while they wait for the adults to bring them food.
When an adult Rockhopper Penguin reaches its chicks it identifies them by calling to them and listening for their distinctive little penguin voices. The chicks nuzzle the beak of the adult, prompting it to regurgitate the fish that it has caught. The chick sticks its head right into the open mouth of the adult to get its meal. Once the chick gets its fill, the adult swallows back down what the chick hasn't taken.
This Rockhopper Penguin has been fitted with a radio transmitter to track its movements.
Environmental Research Unit, Falkland Islands background information about the Rockhopper Penguin.
Background information about the Rockhopper Penguin.
University of Michigan has a page describing Rockhopper Penguins.
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