Magellanic Penguin

Spheniscus magellanicus

Magellanic penguins wear the typical black and white tuxedo pattern, which is an adaptation called counter-shading. To prey swimming below, the penguin’s white belly blends in with the sunlight above. To predators swimming above, the penguin’s black back blends in with the dark sea below.

Fact File

Species @ Risk Image
where to see themWhere to see them: Wings of the World
heightHeight: 2 to 2.3 ft
weightWeight: Up to 11 lbs
life expectancyLife Expectancy: 15 - 20 yrs
habitatHabitat: Ocean and coastal shores
dietDiet: Small fish and squid
exclamationRisk Status: Species at Risk (IUCN—Lower risk/near threatened)