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The Humboldt Penguin (Spheniscus humboldti) is a South American penguin. The penguin is named after the cold water current it swims in, which is itself named after Alexander von Humboldt, an explorer.
They have a black head with a white border that runs from behind the eye, around the black ear-coverts and chin, and joins at the throat. They have blackish-grey upperparts and whitish underparts, with a black breast-band that extends down the flanks to the thigh. They have a fleshy-pink base to the bill. Juveniles have dark heads and no breast-band. They have spines on their tongue which they use to hold their prey
This Humboldt Penguin was photographed at the Hamburg, Germany, Hagenbeck Zoo.
January 20th, 2013
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