Gentoo penguins live on temperate and Antarctic islands. They reach a height of 70 cm (27.5 in) and have a rather long tail. They feed on plankton and small fish and squid. They make circular nests out of stones, grass, or moss. The female gives birth to a couple of eggs. The first egg laid is larger than the second, and usually hatches first. They are the rarest of the penguins, with a total breeding population of approximately 314,000 pairs.
The above picture was taken at Indianapolis zoo, in April, 2001.
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