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African Penguin Alternate name
Spheniscus demersus Scientific name
Ciconiiformes Order
Spheniscidae Family
60-70cm Length
Sea cliffs, rocky shoreline/ofshore islands, shingle & pebble shoreline, coastal inshore water, continental shelf water & pelagic deep water. Breeds:- South Africa & Namibia. Habitat
2 eggs, incubation by both parents, 40 days. The chicks form creches at about 30 days before and go out to sea at 60 to 130 days. Clutch
Squid. crustaceans, fish & krill. Food  
3841 - TSN: 174462 World Number
Endangered Status

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Afrikaans: Brilpikkewyn
Bulgarian: Очилат пингвин
Czech: Tucnák brılovı, tučňák brılovı
Danish: Brillepingvin
German: Brillenpinguin
English: African Penguin, Black-footed Pangu, Black-footed Pengu, Cape Penguin, Jackass Penguin
Spanish: Pingüino de Anteojos, Pingüino de El Cabo, Pingüino del cabo
Spanish (Argentine): Pingüino del cabo
Estonian: aafrika pingviin (prillpingviin)
Finnish: Afrikanpingviini
French: Manchot du Cap
Irish: Piongain chosdubh
Hebrew: פינגווין בינוני
Italian: Pinguino africano, Pinguino del Capo, Sfenisco demerso
Japanese: keapupengin, ke-pupengin
Japanese: ケアプペンギン, ケープペンギン
Latin: Spheniscus demersus
Lithuanian: Akiniuotasis pingvinas
Dutch: Zwartvoetpinguïn
Norwegian: Kappingvin, Kapp-pingvin
Polish: pingwin przyladkowy, pingwin przylądkowy, Pingwin toniec
Portuguese: Pinguim do cabo
Russian: очковый пингвин
Slovak: tucniak okuliarnatı, Tučniak okuliarnatı
Slovenian: Ocalasti pingvin
Swedish: Sydafrikansk pingvin
Turkish: Gözlüklü Penguen
Xhosa: Inguza
Chinese: 南非企鹅
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