Costa Rican Penguin
Costa Rican Adelie Penguin
Scientific classification Red Pencil Icon
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Clade: Aequorlitornithes
Clade: Ardeae
Clade: Aequornithes
Clade: Austrodyptornithes
Family: Spheniscidae
Genus: Spheniscus
Species: S. costaricensis
Binomial name
Spheniscus costaricensis
Travis, 2300

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The Costa Rican Penguin, Spheniscus costaricensis is a species of penguin found in Costa Rica and Central Americana. It was introduced to Devonshire because it was thought to be extinct, until it was found again.

Other names

Costa Rican Adelie Penguin, because it was thought to be related until it was recreated and shown to resemble a Galapagos Penguin.


The Costa Rican penguin is a medium-sized penguin (c. the size of a Galapagos) with a black and white body. It has four white lines on its sides, resembling a Galapagos's. Its fins are dark to light grey, depending on the individual. Sexes are are differentiate in the field, but it is said that males are slightly smaller.

Similar species

It is in the genus Spheniscus, meaning that it's a banded penguin. It is also thought they diverged from Galapagos penguins when a large El Nino hit the Islands, in the late Miocene.



Fish, squid and other soft-bodied animals. It can dive up 500 feet deep and last as long as twenty-five minutes.


It makes grunting and braying noises, like other banded penguins. It can also hiss when disturbed [1].


They breed any time of the year, depending on the food supply. The eggs are smooth and white. The nest is a burrow underneath a tree, above the shoreline if possible. However, there isn't any evidence of this yet, as they are being bred in labs in Oceanside.


It currently resides in a lab in Oceanside, Devonshire.


  1. ^ DUNN, CHARLES (2300). My observations of Spheniscus costaricensis, in Oceanside, Devonshire.

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