What do Macaroni penguins eat?

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Macaroni penguins are carnivores and consume primarily fish, squid and krill. Macaroni penguins are the only true carnivores of the larger family of penguins: while other species subsist on vegetation and even small nuts and seeds, Macaroni penguins eat only meat.

Macaroni Penguins capture prey by diving; these birds are adept hunters and spend their mornings and evenings fishing for food deep in the ocean waters. Macaroni penguins generally plunge headfirst 50 to 200 feet below the surface to catch their victims, although their dives may extend as far as 300 feet. As quickly as they go down, however, these penguins come back up: their dives generally last no more than 2 minutes, and the birds take very short breaks upon resurfacing to swallow their prey before heading down again.

These penguins do not have the excellent night vision that many aquatic organisms possess and therefore retreat back to shallower waters to catch prey when light is low. However, luck is usually on their side because the small organisms on which they feed migrate closer to shore as the day draws to an end, seeking the warmth and protection of others from deep-sea predators that emerge at dusk. The diet of Macaroni penguins remains constant year round, and birds rarely roam far to find food.

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Macaroni Penguins eat mostly krill, but also some squid and crustaceans.
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