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Yellow-eyed Penguin

Megadyptes antipodes

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A tall, stocky penguin endemic to New Zealand. Note the conspicuous soft, yellow uncrested band that stretches across the back of the head to circle each distinctly yellow eye. Juveniles have paler eyes, lack the yellow band, and are paler at the back of the head. Breeds on the southeast coastline of the South Island and on Stewart, Codfish, Campbell, and Auckland Islands. Feeds alone at sea, but can form small groups in the non-breeding season. Adults sedentary at colony sites. Juveniles sometimes encountered as stragglers, dispersing as far north as the Bay of Plenty.

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