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King Penguin (Aptenodytes patagonicus).

The map shows the use of the target area throughout the year by the Southern Rockhopper Penguin (red), King Penguin (turquoise), Gentoo Penguin (blue) and Magellanic Penguin (green). The continental shelf is used almost entirely by the 4 species of penguins that breed in the area.

Data on adult individuals of the 4 species mentioned from 20 colonies in the Patagonian Sea. All available data between January and December are included.

Dataholder: D. Boersma, E. Frere, K. Pütz, A. Raya Rey, A. Schiavini, R. Wilson, F. Quintana and P. Yorio (Magellanic Penguin); K. Pütz (Gentoo Penguin); K. Pütz, A. Schiavini, A. Raya Rey, E. Frere and P. Gandini (Southern Rockhopper Penguin); K. Pütz (King Penguin).

© Jim Large
© Jim Large Principal feeding areas


Seven species of penguins are recorded for the Patagonian Sea and 4 of them reproduce along the coasts of Patagonia and the Malvinas Islands: Magellanic Penguin (Spheniscus magellanicus), Southern Rockhopper Penguin (Eudyptes chrysocome), King Penguin (Aptenodytes patagonicus) and Gentoo Penguin (Pygoscelis papua).

Penguins are species exposed to oil pollution. They also appear as by-catch in fishing nets, and are threatened by potential competition for food with coastal fisheries (for example, the expansion of Argentine anchovy fisheries could have a negative impact on populations of penguins).