Magellanic Penguin Spheniscus magellanicus

Family: Spheniscidae (Penguins)

Authority: (Forster, 1781)

Red List Category

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Justification of Red List category
This species has fluctuated in numbers in different parts of its range. Updated data regarding population trends suggest that the population is overall stable or slowly declining at <10% over three generations. Bycatch from fisheries, particularly during the migration stage, and the potential for further oil development in the region may impact the species, but the extent of these developments and the degree of the potential impacts are currently too uncertain to project population declines in the future with confidence. The species is therefore listed as Least Concern.

Population size: 2200000-3200000

Population trend: Decreasing

Extent of occurrence (breeding/resident): 2,340,000 km2

Country endemic: No

Land-mass type - continent
Land-mass type - shelf island
Realm - Neotropical
IUCN Ecosystem -- Marine biome

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Species factsheet: Spheniscus magellanicus. Downloaded from on 24/09/2023. Recommended citation for factsheets for more than one species: BirdLife International (2023) IUCN Red List for birds. Downloaded from on 24/09/2023.