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24 little penguins from Australia go on display at Bronx Zoo

In this May 14, 2015 photo provided by the Wildlife Conservation Society, members of a colony of “little penguins” move about the brush at the Bronx Zoo’s Aquatic Bird House in New York. Little penguins are also known as blue penguins, little blue penguins, and fairy penguins. The little penguin colony is the first ever exhibited at the Bronx Zoo. (Julie Larsen Maher/Wildlife Conservation Society via AP)

NEW YORK (AP) — Two dozen members of the world’s smallest penguin species have taken up residence at the Bronx Zoo.

The little penguins are also called blue penguins or fairy penguins. When fully grown, they are only about 13 inches tall and weigh 2 to 3 pounds.

All of the birds in the colony at the Bronx Zoo were hatched at the Taronga Zoo in Sydney, Australia and brought to the Bronx as part of a breeding program. In the wild, they are found in Australia and New Zealand.

They are the Bronx Zoo’s first ever little penguins. Only three facilities in the U.S. currently have them.

Jim Breheny of the Wildlife Conservation Society says the little penguins are acclimating well to their new home and are “quite a sight to see.”

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