Common Name: Yellow-Eyed Penguin
Scientific Name: Megadyptes antipodes
Range: Southeastern coast of New Zealand and nearby islands.
The pale eyes and white crown and head markings can give this penguin a faded appearance, and in fact they are fading quickly from existence and are currently endangered. Though one of the larger penguin species, yellow-eyed penguins can be difficult to see because they prefer to be solitary and are less active than many other penguins. It is also unlikely to find these penguins even in zoos, as they do not adapt well to captivity, and because they will not see the benefits of captive breeding programs, their extinction may be imminent.
Photo © Mary Bomford