Humboldt penguin (Spheniscus humboldti)

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General Information

The Humboldt penguin is endemic to the west coast of South America from Foca Island (5[deg]12'0''S) in northern Peru to the Pinihuil Islands near Chiloe, Chile (42[deg]S) (Araya et al. 2000, p. 1). It is a congener of the African penguin and has similar life history and ecological traits. Humboldt penguins historically bred on guano islands off the coast of Peru and Chile (Araya et al. 2000, p.1). Prior to human mining of guano for fertilizer, the Humboldt penguin's primary nesting habitat was in burrows, tunneled into the deep guano substrate on offshore islands. While the guano is produced primarily by three other species (the Guanay cormorant (Phalacrocorax bouganvillii), the Peruvian booby (Sula variegate), and Peruvian pelican (Pelecanus thagus)), Humboldt penguins depended on these burrows for shelter from the heat and from predators. With the intensive harvest of guano over the last century and a half in both countries, Humboldt penguins are forced to nest out in the open or seek shelter in caves or under vegetation (Paredes and Zavalga 2001, pp. 199-205).

Current Listing Status Summary
Status Date Listed Lead Region Where Listed
2010-09-02 Foreign (Headquarters) Wherever found

» Federal Register Documents

Federal Register Documents
Date Citation Page Title
2007-07-11 00:00:00.0 72 FR 37695 37697 90-Day Finding on a Petition to List 12 Penguin Species as Threatened or Endangered under the Endangered Species Act
2008-12-18 00:00:00.0 73 FR 77303 77332 12-Month Finding on a Petition to List Five Penguin Species Under the Endangered Species Act, and Proposed Rule To List the Five Penguin Species
2010-08-03 00:00:00.0 75 FR 45497 45527 Determination of Threatened Status for Five Penguin Species;The yellow-eyed penguin (Megadyptes antipodes), white-flippered penguin (Eudyptula minor albosignata), Fiordland crested penguin (Eudyptes pachyrhynchus), Humboldt penguin (Spheniscus humboldti), and erect-crested penguin (Eudyptes sclateri) :Final rule.

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