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Magellanic Penguins

Magellanic Penguins

These little birds bear a distinguished name thanks to the fact that they were spotted by the Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan in 1520. The penguins are found along the coasts of Argentina, Chile and even as far north as Brazil. There is a breeding population of them in the archipelago, where they take advantage of the rich supply of krill, cuttlefish and crustaceans. They are easily distinguished from other penguins by the two black bands between their head and chest. Although Magellanic penguin parents will head separate directions at the end of the breeding season in March, the same males and females will reunite the following September, recognizing each other by their calls when they return to their breeding ground.

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