Adelie Penguin Pygoscelis adeliae

Family: Spheniscidae (Penguins)

Authority: (Hombron & Jacquinot, 1841)

Red List Category

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Justification of Red List category
The population has been increasing recently, particularly in East Antarctica (where most of the world population breeds) and the Ross Sea (Lyver et al. 2014, Southwell et al. 2015a, b) and on the southern Antarctic Peninsula south of 66° S (Sailley et al. 2013). However, modelled projections suggest a future decline. Currently, the net change in world population is positive (Lynch and LaRue 2014), which qualifies the species to be listed as Least Concern.

Population size: 7580000

Population trend: Increasing

Extent of occurrence (breeding/resident): 21,000,000 km2

Country endemic: No

Realm - Afrotropical
Realm - Neotropical
Realm - Oceanic
Realm - Antarctic
IUCN Ecosystem -- Terrestrial biome
IUCN Ecosystem -- Marine biome

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2020) Species factsheet: Pygoscelis adeliae. Downloaded from on 27/11/2020. Recommended citation for factsheets for more than one species: BirdLife International (2020) IUCN Red List for birds. Downloaded from on 27/11/2020.