Humboldt Penguin ( Spheniscus humboldti )
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The Humboldt penguin, in Latin Spheniscus humboldti can be found along the shores of Chile and Peru. It is 70 cm in size, which is about 28 inches. Its weight is approximately 4.7 kg (10.4 lbs). It has got pinky edges at the base of the bill, the rest of the bill is black. The throat and belly area are white and the rest of the body is black and white. There is a black band dividing the throat from the belly. The feet are pinkish black. Sexes are alike.
Its habitat is in the coastal areas. Consequently its diet mainly consists of fish. The current population is estimated at between 3 300 and 12 000, which gives it a vulnerable status. Unfortunately this number is declining. The major reason for this is over-fishing. The Humboldt penguin is named after Alexander von Humboldt, who was an explorer and biologist. He first described and introduced this animal to the scientific community.