“I don't understand why I feel lonely... I should feel better when I'm with other people then, but I just end up getting angry and saying terrible things to them.
Iwabee: "Hey, Higeppe! Gonna be metal today?"
"Shut up, rock-bastard! I'll yank your dumb yellow pigtails!"”
—Chinstrap Penguin's introduction
Chinstrap Penguin is a type of penguin Friend that premiered in the fourth official Kemono Friends guidebook.
Chinstrap Penguin has black hair that is half white at the top, with a dark blue-grey section on the fringe representing a beak. The rest of her hair, which comes past her shoulders, is plain black. Her eyes are red, and she wears black wireless in-ear headphones with a red circle on the earpiece. She has a black and white sweater with mittens attached to the sleeves like other penguins. The collar is pure white, as well as most of the frontal area and the inner arms. Her tail is pure black and reaches past her knees. She wears white mid-calf socks, and pale red boots with black toes and laces.
In Real Life
The Chinstrap Penguin are a small species of penguin found in rocky areas of the Antarctic Ocean. Their name derives from the narrow black band under their heads. This also means they are one of the most identifiable penguins in the species. They have a black bill, and when young, can have spotting around their eyes and a slightly shorter bill than an adult Chinstrap Penguin. They are medium-sized penguins, with a height up to 70 cm and can weigh up to 6 kilograms.
Chinstrap Penguins are carnivorous birds who normally feed on small prey such as fish, krill, shrimp, and squid. Like most other penguins, they have tightly-packed feathers, which make them waterproof and incredibly excellent swimmers, swimming at 30 kilometers an hour. However, they are rather shallow compared to other penguins in terms of diving depth, where they can only dive as deep as 70 metres at a time.
Chinstrap Penguins live around 20 years, and there are a population of around 13,000,000 to 15,000,000 Chinstrap Penguins alive, so they are in no state near being endangered. They live in large colonies, sometimes with over hundreds of thousands of Chinstrap Penguins at a time. Their national predators are Leopard Seals, Sea Lions, Orcas and Sharks. Eggs and young chicks are also vulnerable to seabirds such as Skua. This is why many adult Chinstrap Penguins stay with their young at all times, to protect them while they need it most. At times, only one adult stays with the young while the other goes to get food.
Two chinstrap penguins, Roy and Silo, caused a lot of controversy by trying to perform mating rituals and trying to hatch a rock as an egg despite being both penguins being male. Their keepers gave them an egg that was from a breeding pair that couldn't hatch it. The egg hatched and the couple raised the baby named Tango.