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New Penguin Chick Live Cam

Spring has sprung and our Magellanic Penguins know it! So they’ve headed into private mating quarters.

Come meet Floyd and Roxy on our new Penguin Nest Cam. The pair is bonded and as you can see, they like a good cuddle between springtime fun!

The Aquarium of the Pacific’s colony of about a dozen Magellanic Penguins will be tending to their nests and preparing to lay eggs throughout this spring and into summer. Nest boxes are installed behind holes in the rock walls of the exhibit so the birds can easily access both their nests and the beach and pool area throughout the breeding season. The Aquarium is home to more than a dozen Magellanic Penguins, which are native to the coasts of Chile and Argentina in South America.

It takes between thirty-eight and forty-three days of incubation before a Magellanic Penguin egg will hatch. The chicks hatch with their eyes closed, and they are able to open their eyes about a week later. Magellanic Penguin parents take turns incubating the eggs on the nest and feeding and raising the chicks after they hatch. The chicks fledge, or replace their downy newborn feathers with water-tight adult feathers, after about 90 days.

Keep an eye out as things progress. We look forward to meeting their chicks!

(Thanks to Samantha Eye for this screen snapshot!)