What's Your Favourite Falklands Penguin? #WorldPenguinDay

One of the highlights for the military when being deployed to the Falkland Islands is getting to see many wildlife in their natural habitat, in particular, the resident penguins.

To raise awareness of these little flightless tuxedo birds, today is #WorldPenguinDay.

In honour of this special day, we asked out Forces Radio BFBS presenters who have been deployed to The Falklands to share their favourite penguin memories with us... 

Penguin Facts


There are 17 species of penguin around the world and in their natural habitats can be found in the southern hemisphere but scientific research suggests many are under threat from climate change.

Although penguins tend to be associated with freezing temperatures and ice, some are just at home on sandy beaches and grassy fields in the sunshine. 

The Falkland Islands is one of the world’s great penguin capitals, with millions of penguins nesting there every summer. 

Visitors will be able to spot five of the species there, from the King, Gentoo, Rockhopper, Magellanic and Macaroni.

What's Your Favourite Falklands Penguin? #WorldPenguinDay

The Gentoo penguin lives on the Falkland Islands all year round and the sandy beaches are home to the largest population of the Gentoo penguins in the world.

The King penguins found in the Falklands are the second largest accessible colony of King penguins in the world, with more than 1,500 of them, but back in 1971 there were only 31 breeding pairs in the Falklands.

At Pebble Island, visitors would be able to see and hear the Magellanic penguin, which may be shy but sure are noisy.

What's Your Favourite Falklands Penguin? #WorldPenguinDay

The Southern Rockhopper penguin can be found at the cliff-top nests on Bleaker Island and are the smallest of the Falkland penguins.

The rarest of the Falkland Island penguins are the Macaroni and can sometimes be spotted with the Rockhopper.