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 One of the best loved penguin species in the Falklands – the charismatic southern rockhopper penguin is our logo at Falklands Conservation and our flagship species. You can follow the dedicated research undertaken by Falklands Conservation to learn more about this special penguin.

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A Northern Rockhopper Penguin has been residing at the Falklands in amongst a colony of Southern Rockhoppers. It was first spotted during the Falkland Islands Seabird Monitoring Programme when Falklands Conservation staff visited this particular colony on East Falkland and has also been seen on numerous occasions by local birding enthusiasts.
UPDATE: The Northern Rockhopper finds a mate! The first recorded case at the Falklands of a Nothern Rockhopper x Southern Rockhopper Penguin pair producing a hybrid chick was witnessed on 10th December 2014. The pair were observed sitting on a very small (perhaps 1-2 days old) chick.
 
 
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A Species Action Plan for southern rockhopper penguins at the Falkland Islands has been completed and is now available for download.

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Diving RockhopperNew: A recent paper showing the dispersal of wintering crested penguins from the Falkland Islands and South Georgia is available to read at this open access link: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/jbi.12279/full 

 Ratcliffe, N., Crofts, S., Brown, R., Baylis, A.M.M., Adlard, S., Horswill, C., Venables. H., Taylor P., Trathan. P.N., Staniland, I.J. 2014. Love thy neighbour or opposites attract? Patterns of spatial segregation and association among crested penguin populations during winter. Journal of Biogeography. DOI: 10.1111/jbi.12279.

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The island wide census 2010 results can be viewed at: Baylis, A. M.M., Wolfaardt, A. C., Crofts, S., Pistorius, P. A., Ratcliffe, N. 2013. Increasing trend in the number of Southern Rockhopper Penguins (Eudyptes c. chrysocome) breeding at the Falkland Islands. Polar Biology 36: 1007–1018. Or click on the link below:

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Breeding pairs were counted at all 35 colonies in the Falkland's archipelago in late October and early November. Initial results show an increase in breeding pairs at certain sites and some decreases at other locations. Final results will be available later this year, which will give is a better indication of the current population status of the Falklands' population

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The Seabird Island Census Team (Falklands Conservation) at Beauchêne Island October 2010

 

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Work on the Rockhopper Penguin Project between 2010 and 2013 has been funded by the Overseas Territories Environment Programme, the People's Trust for Endangered Species, the Falkland Islands Government Environmental Study Budget and the John Cheek Trust.
PTES_LOGO The Wildlife Conservation Society gave permission to carry out work on Steeple Jason Island. Donations were also contributed by the Falkland Islands Petroleum Licensee Group.
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