Several hybrid penguins have been reported.


  • Rockhopper Penguin (E. chrysocome) x Erect-crested Penguin (E. sclateri) – Naupier (1968)
  • Rockhopper Penguin (E. chrysocome) x Royal Penguin (E. schlegeli) – Simpson (1985)
  • Rockhopper Penguin (E. chrysocome) x Macaroni Penguin (E. chrysolophus) – Woehler & Gilbert (1990), White & Clausen (2002)


Hybrid Penguin

Hybrid Macaroni (E. chrysolophus) X Rockhopper Penguin (E. chrysocome)



Napier, R. (1968). Erect-crested and Rockhopper Penguins interbreeding in the Falkland Islands. British Antarctic Survey Bulletin 16, 71-72.

Simeone, A., Hiriart–Bertrand, L., Reyes-Arriagada, R., Halpern, M., Dubach, J., Wallace, R., Putz, K. & Luthi, B. (2009). Heterospecific Pairing and Hybridization between Wild Humboldt and Magellanic Penguins in Southern Chile. Condor 111, 544-550.

Simpson, K. N. G. (1985). A Rockhopper x Royal Penguin hybrid from Macquarie Island. Australian Bird Watcher 11, 35-45.

White, R. W. & Clausen, A. P. (2002). Rockhopper Eudyptes chrysocome chrysocome x Macaroni E. chrysolophus penguin hybrids apparently breeding in the Falkland Islands. Marine Ornithology 30, 40-42.

Woehler, E. J. & Gilbert, C. A. (1990). Hybrid rockhopper-macaroni penguins, interbreeding and mixed species pairs at Heard and Marion Islands. Emu 90, 198-201.

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