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Jackass Penguin

Scientific name:  Spheniscus demersus
Class:  Birds
Continent:  Africa
Habitat:  Océanos y mares
Diet:  Piscívoro
Weight:  2 - 5 kg
Size:  70 cm
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Meet the Jackass Penguin!

Also known as the African penguin, the  Jackass penguin inhabits the rocky shores of the far south of Africa (Namibia, South Africa and surrounding islands). Its appearance camouflages it from its predators (especially the black spots on its chest and the black and white lines on its head, which have earned it the nickname "ringed penguin"). It can swim as fast as 10 km/h, and can even stay underwater for up to two minutes.

What are its habits?

The Jackass Penguin lives in colonies formed by numerous pairs, feeding on small fish and crustaceans. For reproduction, it digs nests in sandy ground and incubates the eggs for 35 to 40 days. It usually lays two eggs

Extinct in the wild
Critically endangered
Near threatened
Least concern
Insufficient data
Not evaluated


On a social level, this penguin uses certain vocal language to make calls, either to mark territory or to attract the attention of their partners and communicate with their young.

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