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Fairy Penguin Pictures Showing this Smallest Species of Penguin

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The Fairy Penguin, Eudyptula minor, is also known as the Little Penguin, the Blue Penguin, and the Little Blue Penguin, which are all regional variations on its name. They are the smallest species of penguin - 43 cm (17 in) - and are found along coastlines of New Zealand and Australia. Possible vagrants have been reported in Chile and in Namibia. The head and back of the Fairy Penguin is indigo blue, while the belly and the underside of the flippers are white. The beak is black and eyes are silvery black. One subspecies has all white flippers.

Fairy Penguins feed in waters close to shore. They typically stay within 20 km (12 miles) of shore, but may range as far as 100 km (62 miles) from their nesting site, which they use season after season. Aggregations in the sea are termed "rafts." The penguins forage at depths of up to 69 meters (226 ft), but usually stay at depths of 5 m (16 ft) or less, and remain underwater an average of 21 seconds per dive. They hunt for squid and fish, especially sardines, anchovies and sandy sprat. They are preyed upon by New Zealand fur seals in the water, and by foxes, dogs, ferrets and feral cats on land. They may live as long as 20 years, but the average life span is about 7 years.

Fairy Penguins reach sexual maturity at 3 years. Males have a typical courting stance, which is to stand with flippers and bill pointing upward while making a mating call. When they find a mate, they are usually paired for life. They breed between August and December. Their most prolific nesting areas are on offshore islands where there are no land predators. They nest in a burrow or crevice in a rock pile and lay 1 or 2 eggs. Males and females share incubation and chick guarding duties. As the chicks grow larger, the parents visit the burrow only for feeding. After about 6 weeks, chicks are mainly on their own.

The IUCN Red List rates this species as Least Concern, and overall, populations appear to be stable. Threats include pollution, especially oil spills, which devastate penguin populations when they occur. Plastic debris in water, gill nets, and cars at penguin crossings are additional hazards. The population of this species may be over 500,000 birds. Fairy penguins are a tourist attraction in both Australia and New Zealand, where they are viewed at dusk returning to their burrows after feeding all day in what is often billed as a "penguin parade."

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Picture of a little blue penguin or fairy penguin, Eudyptula minor, Goat Island Marine Reserve, New Zealand

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Stock photo of a little blue penguin or fairy penguin, Eudyptula minor, cleaned after being oiled, North Island, New Zealand, Pacific Ocean

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Picture of little blue penguin, Eudyptula minor, close up of feathers, note blue coloring, Tutukaka, Northland, North Island, New Zealand, Pacific

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Picture of little penguin, Eudyptula minor, smallest of all penguins

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Picture of a little blue penguin or fairy penguin, Eudyptula minor, swimming, Tutukaka, Northland, North Island, New Zealand, Pacific

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Stock photo of a little blue penguin or fairy penguin, Eudyptula minor, smallest of all penguin species, Bass Strait, Australia

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Picture of little blue penguin, Eudyptula minor

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Picture of little penguin, Eudyptula minor, oiled, North Island, New Zealand

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Picture of a little blue penguin or fairy penguin, Eudyptula minor

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Stock photo of a little blue penguin or fairy penguin, Eudyptula minor, hiding under rock in between foraging trips, Kanowna Island, Bass Strait, Australia

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Picture of little blue penguin, Eudyptula minor

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Picture of little penguin, Eudyptula minor, smallest of all penguins

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Stock photo of a little blue penguin or fairy penguin, Eudyptula minor, Bass Strait, Australia

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Picture of little blue penguin, Eudyptula minor

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Picture of white-flippered penguin, Eudyptula minor albosignata, endangered, Christchurch, New Zealand. It is considered to be a color morph subspecies of the fairy penguin, Eudyptula minor. It nests only on Banks Peninsula and Motunau Island, near Canterbury, New Zealand, and is endangered with only around 3,750 breeding pairs.

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