The chinstrap penguin (Pygoscelis antarcticus) owes its name to a thin band of black feathers that runs just below the chin from ear to ear. In addition to the characteristic chinstrap, this species is readily distinguished from its congeners (Adelies and gentoos) by a white face that extends above the eye. While the throat, chest and underparts are also white, the crown, back, tail and the dorsalsurface of the wings are bluish-black. The bill is black and the legs and feet are pinkish, with black soles. Immature chinstrap penguins are distinguished by black spotting around the face, up until the first complete moult at around 14 months old.




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