Rockhopper Penguin

Eudyptes chrysocome

The rockhopper penguin is named for its ability to hop from rock to rock in order to scale a cliff to a safe breeding site. Once a pair has established a territory, the male and female will aggressively defend it from intruders, including other penguins and predators such as birds of prey and rats.

Fact File

Species @ Risk Image
where to see themWhere to see them: Wings of the World
heightHeight: 1.5 to 2 ft
weightWeight: 4.5 to 9.5 lbs
life expectancyLife Expectancy: 23 yrs
habitatHabitat: Ocean, rocky cliffs, grassland and coastal shores
dietDiet: Krill, crustaceans, fish, and squid
exclamationRisk Status: Species at Risk (IUCN—Vulnerable)