The world’s smallest penguin – little penguin (also known as little blue penguin) – is just over 25 cm tall and weighs around 1 kg.
Little penguins were common in New Zealand, but most are now on offshore islands where there is less disturbance.
Their population and range of has been declining in areas not protected from predators. Where predator control is in place, populations have been stable or increasing.
New Zealand status: Native
Conservation: At Risk–Declining
Threats: Dogs, predation, road kills
Species information: Little penguin on NZ Birds Online
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