Common names: Jackass penguin, black-footed penguin, African penguin, Cape penguin, pikkewyn (Afrikaans) and nombombiyane (Xhosa).
What is the scientific name for African penguin?
Spheniscus demersus African penguin/Scientific names
What are South African penguins also called?
The African penguin (Spheniscus demersus), also known as the Cape penguin or South African penguin, is a species of penguin confined to southern African waters. Like all extant penguins, it is flightless, with a streamlined body and wings stiffened and flattened into flippers for a marine habitat.
Do African penguins fly?
Spheniscus demersus. Penguins are flightless birds that virtually fly through the water. They have a streamlined torpedo-shaped body and wings that have been reduced to strong, stiff flippers that help rapidly propel them through the water. They have webbed feet and legs that are set back on the body.
How many African penguins are left in the wild 2020?
There are 140,000 African Penguins left in the world.
How long can a penguin be underwater?
27 minutes New research has revealed how the Emperor Penguin is able to dive to depths of over 500m and stay under water for up to 27 minutes – deeper and longer than any of its fellow avian species.