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Vulnerable Nests

The Snares penguin (Eudyptes robustus) is a penguin from New Zealand’s Subantarctic. It earned its name because it breeds on The Snares, a group of islands off the southern coast of New Zealand’s South Island.

This medium-small, yellow-crested penguin has dark blue-black upperparts and white underparts. It also displays a bright, yellow eyebrow-stripe which extends over the eye. This forms a distinctive, drooping, bushy crest.

Though few in number, these penguins nest in small colonies under forest cover or the open. The main colonies are located on North East Island. However, there are also colonies on Broughton Island as well as the rocky Western Chain.

The Snares penguin preys upon krill, squid and small fish. The species is currently rated as vulnerable by the IUCN. The current population is around 25,000 breeding pairs.

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