Little Penguin

Eudyptula minor

The smallest of all penguins, little penguins are also called fairy penguins due to their tiny size. Like other penguins, little penguins are designed to swim, not fly. They spend the day foraging for small fish in the shallow waters of the sea close to shore.

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A little penguin torpedoes through the middle of a school of fish, snatching and swallowing prey along the way. Little penguins come ashore at night when predators, such as snakes and seagulls, are less active. They nest in burrows, under trees, in rock crevices, or in caves.

  • Little penguins live in a warmer climate than most other penguins.
  • A group of penguins at sea is called a raft.
  • Tourists often gather to watch the noisy, penguin parade of little penguins as they come ashore for the night.

Fact File

where to see themWhere to see them: Spaulding Children’s Zoo
lengthLength: 1.3 to 1.5 ft
heightHeight: 2.2 lbs
lifespanLifespan: Up to 25 yrs in captivity
habitatHabitat: Ocean and coastal shores
dietDiet: Fish and marine invertebrates