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Migration and vagrancy

Chinstrap penguins leave their breeding colonies during winter, probably migrating north of the pack-ice and stay at sea until the next spring. Non-breeders have been recorded in Adelie Land, Antarctica and stragglers have reached Australia and Tierra del Fuego.

Conservation and status

Listed by IUCN as of ‘lower risk’, like Adelie penguins, Chinstrap penguins have a stable population that is not globally threatened. The total population is estimated at 7,500,000 pairs.