Which penguins can we find in Chile?

Penguin Colony in Chiloé Island, Patagonia Chile

Penguin Colony in Chiloé Island, Patagonia Chile

The different climates and ecosystems of Chile have allowed several species of penguins to inhabit our territory. These flightless birds tend to live in cold waters and due to the currents that affect our country, Chile has become an ideal place for their development and reproduction.

Humboldt penguin. This species lives in places that are affected by the Humboldt current, in the Pacific Ocean. In Chile, is possible to find them from the Arica and Parinacota Region to the Chiloé Archipelago. Worldwide, Chile has the biggest colony of this kind of penguin, which is located in a national reserve dedicated to the protection of it, in the Coquimbo Region.

King penguin. It is the second largest species within the penguin family and a migratory bird that can be found from the subantarctic islands to the antarctic circumpolar waters. As an exception, Chile has a small colony that inhabits the Inútil Bay (Tierra del Fuego), where the King Penguin Park is located.This park was inaugurated in 2011 in order to protect and shelter the limited population of this species in the area.

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