Little Blue Penguin

(Eudyptula minor)

Find Me In
Little Blue Beach
IUCN Conservation Status
Least Concern (LC)

Conservation Tip

Even though little blues are in Australia, there are things you can do to protect local bird species in your backyard. Build a bird-friendly habitat with native plants, clean water and bird feeders, keep you cats inside, and add window clings to windows and doors so flying birds can see it.


The species is distributed from the southern coast of Australia to the South Solitary Island offshore New South Wales as well as coastal areas of New Zealand.


30-33 cm; 1 -3 KG

Audio Tour

Little Blue Beach


On exhibit at Little Blue Beach in Zone A! Little blue penguins are the smallest species of penguin in the world, growing an average of 13 inches in height and weighing in at just 3 pounds on average. They're known for their striking slate-blue plumage, and their small stature has given them the nickname "fairy penguins." Little blues can be found along the coastlines and inshore waters of southern Australia and New Zealand. A diurnal species, they spend the largest part of their day swimming and foraging at sea. They also preen their feathers to keep them waterproof by rubbing a tiny drop of oil onto every feather via a special gland above their tails.



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