The rarest penguin spotted in Antarctica

A unique, dark-feathered gentoo penguin has been observed in Antarctica.

This remarkable bird marks only the second recorded instance of melanism in gentoo penguins, a condition characterized by an excessive production of dark pigments

Melanism in gentoo penguins is not common at all. It’s a rare condition, and the occurrence of such dark plumage in gentoo penguins is infrequent, with only a few documented cases.

Known for their striking appearance with a white face and a patch of bright orange-red above each eye. They also have a black cap, throat, and back, along with white bellies and pink webbed feet.

They are native to several sub-Antarctic islands as well as the Antarctic Peninsula. They have a relatively broad distribution compared to some other penguin species.

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