Close-up head portrait of a macaroni penguin

Macaroni penguin

Macaroni penguins form large, tightly packed colonies on flat or rough sloping ground. If an intruder gets too close to their patch they can be agressive and the two penguins will peck at each other. The victor of the fight will push its opponent away through the surrounding pairs of nesting penguins.

Scientific name: Eudyptes chrysolophus

Rank: Species

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The Macaroni penguin can be found in a number of locations including: Antarctica. Find out more about these places and what else lives there.


The following habitats are found across the Macaroni penguin distribution range. Find out more about these environments, what it takes to live there and what else inhabits them.

Additional data source: Animal Diversity Web

Conservation Status


  1. EX - Extinct
  2. EW
  3. CR - Threatened
  4. EN - Threatened
  5. VU - Threatened
  6. NT
  7. LC - Least concern

Population trend: Decreasing

Year assessed: 2008

Classified by: IUCN 3.1


  1. Life
  2. Animals
  3. Vertebrates
  4. Birds
  5. Sphenisciformes
  6. Penguins
  7. Crested penguins
  8. Macaroni penguin

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