chinstrap penguin


chin·​strap penguin ˈchin-ˌstrap- How to pronounce chinstrap penguin (audio)
: a penguin (Pygoscelis antarctica) with a narrow band of black feathers from ear to ear under its chin that breeds on the Antarctic Peninsula and nearby islands

called also chinstrap

Examples of chinstrap penguin in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Amateur Winner The 2023 Audubon Photography Awards gave their amateur photography prize to Karen Blackwood for her picture of a diving chinstrap penguin in Antarctica. Staff Author, Peoplemag, 23 June 2023 The flip side of that is that the Adélie and chinstrap populations have cratered in many areas and particularly chinstrap penguins. Bill Weir, CNN, 26 Mar. 2023 It’s all Greek to the autistic teen who’d rather talk about the migration habits of Antarctica’s chinstrap penguin population, but funnily enough, that’s not the best chick bait. Los Angeles Times, 18 Nov. 2021 In 2012, a chinstrap penguin was spotted in Antarctica with light-colored feathers compared to its fellow penguin colony. Elizabeth Gamillo, Smithsonian Magazine, 23 Feb. 2021 On Elephant Island, just slightly north of the peninsula, chinstrap penguins have suffered a 60% decline because of the increasing temperatures, researchers have found. Li Cohen, CBS News, 7 Feb. 2020 And of course, there’s the iconic story of Central Park Zoo’s Roy and Silo, two male chinstrap penguins who fathered a little baby girl named Tango in 2000. Rachael Lallensack, Smithsonian, 16 Aug. 2019 Perhaps most famous, male chinstrap penguins Silo and Roy found love at the Central Park Zoo in 1998 and hatched and raised a chick named Tango. Scottie Andrew, CNN, 13 Aug. 2019 Analysis revealed, in the Antarctic samples, the presence of animals including chinstrap penguins, Weddell seals and Perknaster aurantiacus, a type of starfish. The Economist, 5 June 2019 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1936, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of chinstrap penguin was in 1936

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“Chinstrap penguin.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Feb. 2024.

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