Northern Hopper Penguin
Scientific name: Eudyptes Moseley
Common name: Moseley's Penguin
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*Distinctive yellow plumes extending from the yellow line above the eye are significantly longer and denser in the northern rockhopper penguin
*Body is small but robust
*Slate-grey upperparts and white underparts
*Short reddish-brown bill
*Red eyes
*Pink legs &feet
*Black soles

Category: Bird

The diet of the northern rockhopper penguin is composted of a variety of oceanic species, such as crustaceans, squid, octopus and fish.
Egg-laying commences around August, with the female usually producing a clutch of two eggs of unequal size. Usually only the chick from the larger egg survives to maturity. Incubation takes around 33 days, with both parent birds taking it in turns to sit on the eggs for extended periods of time, while the other forages for food.

Southern Ocean islands, with the largest populations found on the islands of Tristan da Cunha and Gough, and in addition, smaller populations on the islands of Amsterdam and St. Paul.
Nesting occurs on cliffs and rocky gullies, and chosen sites are usually situated near to freshwater, either natural springs or puddles.

*increased levels of predation
*competition for food (with the rapidly rising population of Subantarctic Fur Seals)
*increased disturbance and pollution
*reduced food supplies due to overfishing and climate change

The Northern Rockhopper Penguin population is being reguarly monitered, in order to safeguard against further declines. There are frequent studies to the impact of the commerical fisheries and the effects of the fur seal predation and competition.
-limiting fishing around the Gough islands
-suppling additional food resources for the fur seals

International Penguin Conservation Group, Mike Bingham
ARKive, Northern Rockhopper Penguin