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Travel Trivia - Patagonia

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08/28/2013 - 10:50
Magellanic Penguins

Which penguin species is native to Patagonia?

Named after Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan who spotted the birds in 1520, the Magellanic penguin is the only penguin species native to Patagonia.  It can be found breeding in coastal waters of Chile and Argentina.    

Fun fact:  The name Penguin is possibly derived from the Welsh pen-gwyn (white head) referring to the prominent white markings on the head.   

Extra credit:  What else does Patagonia have in common with the Welsh?      Welsh emigrants to Argentina were the first to establish permanent settlements south of the Rio Negro.   To this day, there are still thriving Welsh speaking colonies in Puerto Madryn and Trelew.

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