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Little Penguin

(Eudyptula minor)
Alternate name(s): "Fairy Penguin", "Little Blue Penguin", "Blue Penguin"
Aboriginal name(s): Race "novaehollandiae": "widi", "koolidja" (S WA)

Size: 35-45 cm
Weight: 0.5-2.1 kg
Description     Classification     Distribution     Sightings     Photos     Breeding     Nest     Eggs     Behaviour     Food     Call/s

Physical description

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Taxonomy, classification

See Little Penguin at Wikipedia .

Range, habitat, finding this species

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Sightings

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Photos

Race "novaehollandiae"

ADULT

Sex unknown

Frontal view of a Little Penguin clambering towards the observer (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[St. Kilda pier, Melbourne, VIC, October 2017]

Frontal view of a Little Penguin, with one of its mates close behind (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Bicheno, TAS, September 2021]

Frontal view of 3 Little Penguins, two of which are preening (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Bicheno, TAS, September 2021]

Near-frontal view of a Little Penguin (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Bicheno, TAS, September 2021]

Near-lateral view of a Little Penguin (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Bicheno, TAS, September 2021]

Lateral view of a Little Penguin (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[St. Kilda pier, Melbourne, VIC, October 2017]

Lateral view of a Little Penguin (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[St. Kilda pier, Melbourne, VIC, October 2017]

Lateral view of 3 Little Penguins, one of which is issuing its call (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Bicheno, TAS, September 2021]

Call(s)/Song

For this species we have recorded the following call(s)/song. The interpretation of their meaning is our own; comments and suggestions for improvement are welcome.

litpeng_me_20210927.m4a novaehollandiae
(TAS)
Contact calls(?) © ME
litpeng_me_20210927_2.m4a novaehollandiae
(TAS)
Contact calls(?) © ME

More Little Penguin sound recordings are available at xeno-canto.org .

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