http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Macaroni_Penguin
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Macaroni_Penguin

Macaroni penguins have tiny feathers that are tightly packed on their bodies. Penguins have 70 to 80 feathers per square inch. To see how many feathers that really is; use a ruler to draw a one inch box. Now try to draw 80 dots inside that box.
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The early English explorers named this penguin. In the mid-18th century, a young man who wore flashy feathers in his hat was called a "Macaroni". This is also the origin for the words to "Yankee Doodle" sung during the Revolutionary War to poke fun at the poorly dressed Continental Army. The English explorers thought the yellow feathers of this penguin were like a fancy young man called a "macaroni".(Sea World Education 2002)

The macaroni penguin spends six months during the cold winter months hunting fish, squid, krill and crustaceans which the macaroni penguin catches in its long beak.
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SIZE 25 -28 inches tall. 10 - 13 lbs.
HABITAT Rocky, water-bound areas, on rocks and cliffs above the ocean. They're only on land during breeding season.
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The macaroni penguin is the most numerous species of penguin on the planet as there approximately 18 million macaroni penguin individuals.

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Female macaroni penguins generally lay two eggs a couple of days apart that hatch after about six weeks. Both the male and female macaroni penguin parents help to incubate the eggs and raise the chicks.
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