Yellow-eyed Penguin - Megadyptes antipodes
The Yellow-eyed Penguin, Megadyptes antipodes (Sphenisciformes - Spheniscidae), is a penguin species endemic to New Zealand where it breeds on the South Island’s south-east coast, Stewart Island and offshore islands of Stewart Island, Auckland Islands, and Campbell Islands.
It is a large, robust, timid bird, up to 55 cm tall, and as its common name suggests it has yellow eyes, accentuated by the yellow band that runs from the eyes around the back of the head.
This species is listed as Endangered because it is confined to a very small range when breeding, in which its forest/scrub habitat has declined in quality. Its population has undergone extreme fluctuations and is now thought to be in overall decline.
Photo credit: ©Tony Ernst | Locality: Brushy Beach Scenic Reserve, New Zealand (2007)