African Penguin

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Juvenile African penguins initially have dark slate gray-blue feathers that darken with age in about 3 years.

Juvenile African penguins initially have dark slate gray-blue feathers that darken with age.

In the penguin’s second year, the plumage begins to turn brown and in the third year, it shows varying amounts of adult facial pattern. The change from juvenile plumage to adult plumage takes around 3 years.

Sources: (BirdLife International, 2016; Cooper, 1978; Pearce, 2011; Stefoff, 2005)
Image: Ayca Wilson

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