chinstrap penguin

chin·​strap penguin | \ ˈchin-ˌstrap- How to pronounce chinstrap penguin (audio) \

Definition of chinstrap penguin

: 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 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, "Antarctic Peninsula is warmer than most of Texas on potentially record-breaking day," 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, "Two Male Penguins in Berlin Join Long Line of Same-Sex Pairs to Adopt an Egg," 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, "A gay penguin couple adopted an egg in a Berlin zoo," 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, "Using sponges to census the ocean," 5 June 2019 About 50 penguins live in Penguin Palooza, including king penguins and macaroni, southern rockhopper, gentoo and chinstrap penguins. Melissa Reinert,, "Paralyzed penguin wobbles on road to recovery at Newport Aquarium," 30 Apr. 2018 Robert Gramzay, a keeper at the zoo, watched the chinstrap penguin pair roll a rock into their nest and sit on it, according to newspaper reports. Emily V. Driscoll, Scientific American, "Bisexuality Can Benefit Animals," 23 May 2017 The island is home to nearly 1.2 million breeding pairs of chinstrap penguins (Pygoscelis antarcticus). Aaron Sidder, National Geographic, "Erupting Volcano May Have Destroyed Huge Penguin Colony," 6 July 2016 This is happening even as ice-dependent minke whales struggle, and Adelie and chinstrap penguin numbers plummet at nearby colonies. Craig Welch, National Geographic, "Get an Amazing Whale's-Eye View Underneath Antarctica," 25 Apr. 2017

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1936, in the meaning defined above

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“Chinstrap penguin.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Jan. 2021.

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