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This is a rockhopper penguin. It was painted by John Webber when he went with Captain James Cook to the South Seas in 1776–1780. Rockhoppers are some of the smallest penguins, at about 50 centimetres high. They have red eyes, orange beaks and pink webbed feet. Spiky yellow and black feathers grow on the adults’ heads. The birds live on rocks, so cannot slide on their tummies over snow and ice like most penguins. Instead, they hop.

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