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Macaroni Penguin Eudyptes chyrsolophus

Captive Bird, Bruce Museum Collection 2017.12.3 Gift of SeaWorld

Macaroni penguins get their name from their flamboyant yellow head plumes, which reminded sailors who encountered them of the exuberant styles worn by the 18th-century English dandies known mockingly as “macaronis”. The color is generated by a recently discovered pigment named spheniscin, which is found only in penguins. This specimen is one of two salvaged Macaroni penguins mounted for the exhibition Penguins! Past and Present.

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