Images: Downy Magellanic Penguin Chicks Suffer From Hypothermia

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Magellanic penguins are medium-sized penguins that live along the coasts of Chile and Argentina. Researchers based at the University of Washington in Seattle…Read More »

have been monitoring a Magellanic colony located about halfway up the coast of Argentina for nearly 30 years, and have found that mortality rates in chicks have increased in recent years. They attribute this, in part, to increased summer rainstorms which induce hypothermia in young that have not yet developed waterproof plumage, but are too big to seek shelter underneath their parents, as seen in this image.   Less «
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