Little Blue "Fairy" Penguins

Eudyptula Minor

Little Blue Penguins

A happy group of Little Blue Penguins

This bunch of Little Blues looks pretty happy.

Little Blue "Fairy" Penguins

Little Blue Penguins...

...also known as Eudyptula Minor, like to burrow and nest in hidden holes under rocks and plants for safety. Their underground homes help protect these little penguins from getting overheated and from predators who would like to make a tasty snack of them.
Their native habitat is the southern coasts of Australia and New Zealand. Because they live near people, Little Blue Penguins must deal with conditions that Penguins that live in Antarctica do not. For instance, these little Penguins must learn to cross roads safely as they navigate from their burrows to the sea. If they do not cross safely, they could be struck and killed by cars.

Fun Facts about Little Blue Penguins

  • They are sometimes known as "Fairy Penguins" because of their small size. They are, in fact, the smallest species of penguin.
  • They grow to be only around 16 inches tall.
  • They weigh about 2 pounds.
  • They eat small fish, squid and crustaceans.
  • "Fairy Penguins" can live about 7 years on average.
  • They often mate for life, with both mother and father Penguins helping to incubate the eggs and care for the youngsters.

Today is: Thursday, November 23, 2017


Little Blue "Fairy" Penguins

Fairy Penguins

Single Little Blue Penguin

Little Blue Penguin