Also known as Snares Crested Penguin
A typical member of the creasted penguin group.
The pale-yellow crest starts at the base of the base of the bill, sweeps
over the eye and falres out slightly as it droops down the back of the
head. The bill is robust, especially in males. The prominent area of bare
skin around the base of the bill helps distinguish Snares Island Penguins
from the similar Fiordland Penguin. A few Snares Island Penguin may also
have some white cheek feathers and they do not form lines as is the case
with Fiordland Penguin. The eye is red, but not not as bright or obvious
as Rockhopper Penguin. The sexes are alike, although males are slightly
larger than females with a perceptably heavier bill. Fledglings have pale
chins and short crests.
Where and When
Classified as VULNERABLE. Endemic to the Snares, a small cluster of islands southwest of Stewart Island, New Zealand. A census during the 2000 breeding season estimated the total population at 30,000 breeding pairs.
Nest is dense colonies under stunted forest composed of 'tree daisies' (Olearia lyalli and Brachyglottis stewartiae). Males return to the islands in August to establish territories and are followed shortly thereafter by the females.
Movements at sea poorly known. Juveniles often straggle to the east coast of South Island to moult.
Zealand Penguins web site has a lot more information and a fantastic
collection of photos.