The seclusive Snares Island penguin inhabits and breeds along the sheltered, forested beaches of the Snares Islands, off the southern coast of New Zealand - they are considered a very vulnerable species. Size: About 20 inches tall and 7 lbs.
Spotworthy: The Snares Island penguins have a broad crest extending and growing from the beak around to the back of the head. They have a thicker, heavier bill, which is more underlined with white skin than other crested species. They do not have the white cheek feathers found on the Fjordland crested penguins have have less erect crests than those of the Erect-crested penguins and less elaborate than those of the Rockhopper penguins.