Little Penguins can spend weeks away at sea, dozing and eating among the waves.
It is blue to black on its head and back, belly white. Flippers are black with a white edge. Bill dark brown and feet pink to light grey. Little penguins are the smallest penguin species in the world and prefer rocks and sand rather than snow and ice.
Southern mainland Australia and Tasmania
Feeding and diet
Fish, squid, krill and small crustaceans
Their waterproof feathers keep them warm and dry. They usually build their nests in crevices between rocks or burrows in September. The male penguins attract a mate by doing the digging, often reconstructing old nests. The female will lay two eggs and the pair take turns incubating the eggs in one or two day shifts. Both eggs may hatch but usually only once chick survives.
In NSW some populations are endangered.