The breeding season of the Little Penguin is between July and March and varies annually. Egg laying starts in July and generally two eggs are laid in a burrow. The eggs are incubated for around seven weeks, with the parents taking shifts of up to 10 days at a time while their partner feeds at sea. A Little Penguin may raise two clutches of young in a season. The newborn chick is covered in fluffy grey down and parents take it in turns to stand guard or catch food for it. Once the chick is a little older both parents feed at sea during the day and leave the chick to fend for itself until they return. The young take to the sea at about eight weeks old.
Monday, February 25, 2008
Little (Fairy) Penguin
Great Fact Sheet on the Little Penguin at the Australasian Regional Association of Zoological Parks and Aquaria. For example, I learned something I did not know about their breeding cycle: