About the yellow-eyed penguin
The scientific name of the yellow-eyed penguin is Megadyptes antipodes,which means a big diver from the southern lands (mega = big, dyptes = diver, antipodes = southern lands).
Its Maori name, hoiho (meaning noise shouter), was given because of its shrill call. An ancient Maori name for the yellow-eyed penguin was tavora.
Contrary to most people’s idea of a penguin habitat, there’s not an iceberg in sight. Instead this bird prefers the privacy of secluded nest sites scattered deep in the shade of southern New Zealand’s coastal forests, scrub or dense flax. Nests and roosting sites can be found up to one kilometre inland.
That’s not the only thing that makes this a most unusual penguin. Yellow-eyed penguins are the least social of all penguins. Very shy, they prefer to nest often well away and always out of sight of their neighbours.