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Gentoo penguin (Pygoscelis papua)Tundra Travel

Easily recognised by the wide white stripe extending like a bonnet across the top of its head. Chicks have grey backs with white fronts. Adult Gentoos reach a height of 75 to 90 cm. They are the fastest underwater swimming penguins, reaching speeds of 36 km/h. Two sub-species of this penguin are recognised: Pygoscelis papua papua and the smaller Pygoscelis papua ellsworthii.

 

Males have a maximum weight of about 8 kg just before moulting, and a minimum weight of about 5.5 kg just before mating.

 

For females the maximum weight is 7.5 kg just before moulting, but their weight drops to below 5 kg when guarding the chicks in the nest.

 

We should be able to make sightings at: Arctowsky, Fildes Bay, Half Moon Island, Port Lockroy, Petermann Island, Deception Island, Hanna Point and Aitcho Island.

 

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