Like most penguin species, the South African penguin’s feathers are black and white. Its body is streamlined and designed to travel through water, with wings that resemble flippers of a whale, or fins on a fish. They grow to just over two feet long and can weigh up to 11 pounds.
It features pinkish patches around its eyes, which are used to help regulate the penguin’s body temperature. To heat up the penguin, more blood flows through the pink patches, making them look even pinker as the penguin heats up.
It is able to produce a loud call that sounds like a donkey, leading to one of its nicknames, the Jackass penguin.