Zoo Animals

Detroit Zoo - Macaroni Penguin

King penguin

Eudyptes chrysolophus

At the Detroit Zoo
The macaroni penguins can be seen at the Polk Penguin Conservation Center – the largest penguin facility in the world – along with the rockhopper, gentoo and king penguins.  A unique circular pool lets the birds swim continuously, giving them the ability to swim fast enough to porpoise and “fly” through the water.  The Detroit Zoo is one of the few zoos where penguins can display this natural behavior.


Description

The scientific name for the macaroni penguin, Eudyptes chrysolophus, describes the distinguishing features of the bird. Eudyptes means “good diver”, and chrysolophus means “with a golden crest”.  It has distinct yellow and black plumes extending backward from its beak.

Polk Penguin Conservation Center

 

Fun Facts

  • The macaroni's plumes reminded early English explorers of an 18th century man called a "macaroni" who wore flashy feathers in his hat, thus the name.

  • As a whole, macaroni penguins may eat as much as four million tons of krill annually.