More info: Fiordland crested penguins are endemic to New Zealand, breeding in small colonies on inaccessible headlands and islets along the shores of south-western South Island and Stewart Island. The Fiordland penguin is a medium-sized penguin with a very distinctive wide, yellow band on its eyebrow, which starts at each nostril, stretching above the eyes down the neck, and forming a crest.
In the wild, Fiordland crested penguins nest in loose colonies often in remote, difficult-to-access habitat. Males arrive at the nesting colonies before females and they may keep the same partner of previous years or get a new one. Fights and aggressive behaviour are common during this season while everybody is looking for a partner. Two eggs are laid about 3-6 days apart in July-August, with the first egg being smaller than the second. Both eggs have the same chance of survival, but the weaker and smaller egg is more likely the one who dies. The incubation period is 31 to 35 days and is carried out by both parents.