Macaroni Penguin
Scientific Name: Eudyptes chrysolophus
World Conservation Union
Status: Vulnerable
Height: From 20 in–28 in (50 cm–70 cm)
Weight: Up to 11 lbs (5 kgs)
Location: Coming Soon
Feathers: Black and white feathers with a distinctive yellow crest on the top of the head.
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Macaroni Penguin, Hannah Point, Livingston Island: 62°39'S, 60°36'W, Antarctic Peninsula

The Macaroni Penguin (Eudyptes chrysolophus) is a species of penguin closely related to the Royal Penguin

The Macaroni Penguin is a black and white penguin with yellow and black plumes on the top of its head. Macaroni Penguins average about 5 kg (11 lbs) in weight and average 50–70 cm (20-–8 in) in height. They eat squid, krill and other crustacean, fish, and squid. Fertile Macaroni Penguins lay two eggs – the first egg laid is ignored by the penguin and usually eaten by ever-present skuas, while the second egg hatches around 34 days after it is laid. Like all penguins, they swim efficiently but cannot fly.


The common name macaroni penguin was given to the species by English explorers, probably due to the bird's conspicuous yellow crest. Maccaronism was a term for a particular style in 18th century England marked by flamboyant or excessive ornamentation. A person who adopted this fashion was labeled a maccaroni or macaroni, as in the song Yankee Doodle. This usage is unrelated to the pasta macaroni. [1]

In Popular CultureEdit

  • The character Lovelace, voiced by Robin Williams in the film Happy Feet, is a macaroni penguin.

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