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PostSubject: Let there be rock...hoppers : The Safari Ltd, Colorata and CollectA penguin meeting   Sun Nov 25, 2012 9:04 pm

The SAFARI Ltd. rockhopper penguin finally reached my home and met his COLORATA and COLLECTA kins. I guess time is come to make a few pic of this family reunion  Laughing

Rockhopper penguins are distinguished by the irreverent crest of spiky yellow and black feathers that adorns their head.
Biologists left little ambiguity about this species’ preferred habitat when assigning its name. Rockhoppers are found bounding—rather than waddling, as most other penguins do—among the craggy, windswept shorelines of the islands north of Antarctica, from Chile to New Zealand.
These gregarious marine birds are among the world's smallest penguins, standing about 20 inches (50 centimeters) tall. They have blood-red eyes, a red-orange beak, and pink webbed feet.
The rockhopper penguins  have been traditionally treated as a single species and are sometimes split into two or three species. Not all experts agree on the classification of these penguins. Some consider all three as distinct species, some split the Western and Eastern forms into the Southern Rockhopper Penguin and keeping the Northern Rockhopper as distinct, while other experts lump all 3 calling it simply Rockhopper Penguin.
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PostSubject: Re: Let there be rock...hoppers : The Safari Ltd, Colorata and CollectA penguin meeting   Sun Nov 25, 2012 9:13 pm

Wonderful " Happy feets"" - thank you Kiki   Applause  Applause  Applause  Applause 

Should i add the CollectA penguin in my zoo scratch  scratch  scratch

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PostSubject: Re: Let there be rock...hoppers : The Safari Ltd, Colorata and CollectA penguin meeting   Sun Nov 25, 2012 9:17 pm

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Wonderful " Happy feets"" - thank you Kiki  Applause  Applause  Applause  Applause 

Should i add the CollectA penguin in my zoo scratch  scratch  scratch

Thank you Andreas  Very Happy  Some scientist think there is three Rockhopper species  Wink  A great chance for a specie collector  Laughing

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PostSubject: Re: Let there be rock...hoppers : The Safari Ltd, Colorata and CollectA penguin meeting   Sun Nov 25, 2012 9:34 pm

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Wonderful " Happy feets"" - thank you Kiki  Applause  Applause  Applause  Applause 

Should i add the CollectA penguin in my zoo scratch  scratch  scratch

Thank you Andreas  Very Happy  Some scientist think there is three Rockhopper species  Wink  A great chance for a specie collector  Laughing

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PostSubject: Re: Let there be rock...hoppers : The Safari Ltd, Colorata and CollectA penguin meeting   Sun Nov 25, 2012 10:00 pm

They are SO lovely, each one has his own personality, !!! Very Happy

Thankyou very much for these great pictures of the fantasttic little flock cheers


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PostSubject: Re: Let there be rock...hoppers : The Safari Ltd, Colorata and CollectA penguin meeting   Sun Nov 25, 2012 10:18 pm

Wonderful penguin dance Kiki!!! cheers Laughing So funny and nice dancing trio Cool

Great photos too Cool

If I chose one, it would be Colorata Very Happy But penguins like bigger groups and I think they are more happy when they are together. Safari one has very intensive colors and collectA has funniest hair style afro

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PostSubject: Re: Let there be rock...hoppers : The Safari Ltd, Colorata and CollectA penguin meeting   Sun Nov 25, 2012 10:35 pm

Thank you Susanne and Anna Very Happy

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If I chose one, it would be Colorata Very Happy But penguins like bigger groups and I think they are more happy when they are together. Safari one has very intensive colors and collectA has funniest hair style afro

My favorite is the COLORATA too but I'm very happy to have them all, I like crowded penguin shelves Laughing

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PostSubject: Re: Let there be rock...hoppers : The Safari Ltd, Colorata and CollectA penguin meeting   Mon Nov 26, 2012 12:54 am

I share with my niece a huge love for penguins world. It is nice to see these 3 completely different interpretations of rockhopper penguins! I only have the oldest one and I'm a huge fan of Colorata penguins even I don't have a single one. Laughing
Sometime ago I tried to check to what which species or subspecies according with some authors as you described and I noticed that they are probably representative of the 3 taxons. I'll check it again and I really believe there is a big chance that Andreas need them all. Me too! Very Happy

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PostSubject: Re: Let there be rock...hoppers : The Safari Ltd, Colorata and CollectA penguin meeting   Mon Nov 26, 2012 6:37 am

Great post Christophe!

I too am particularly fond of the Colorata. I like both the others too though. But I haven't purchased the CollectA (yet). I confess, the writing printed into the plastic in conspicuous places put me off slightly. It's too bad and I don't know why CollectA did this. They are an amazing company, but this was an odd choice.

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PostSubject: Re: Let there be rock...hoppers : The Safari Ltd, Colorata and CollectA penguin meeting   Mon Nov 26, 2012 6:50 am

Sincerely Roger, it would be interesting to know your point because I can't find what are the diferences between the three species except genetic, which can't be seen on models.
I would love to increase the number of species in my collection. Very Happy

Scott, I agree with you COLLECTA made a strange choice. the model is fun, different from the others but the letters on back What a Face ... Nevertheless, it can't be seen on my shelf Wink

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PostSubject: Re: Let there be rock...hoppers : The Safari Ltd, Colorata and CollectA penguin meeting   Mon Nov 26, 2012 10:45 am

TThat pic is so funny, I like all of the three models but I like more the safari one cheers cheers

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PostSubject: Re: Let there be rock...hoppers : The Safari Ltd, Colorata and CollectA penguin meeting   Mon Nov 26, 2012 1:30 pm

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Sincerely Roger, it would be interesting to know your point because I can't find what are the diferences between the three species except genetic, which can't be seen on models.
I would love to increase the number of species in my collection. Very Happy

Scott, I agree with you COLLECTA made a strange choice. the model is fun, different from the others but the letters on back What a Face ... Nevertheless, it can't be seen on my shelf Wink

Christophe, here is a blog that explains the differences between Northern, Southern/Eastern rockhopper penguins.
Please take a look and tell us in which species/subspecies any of the figures fit better.
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PostSubject: Re: Let there be rock...hoppers : The Safari Ltd, Colorata and CollectA penguin meeting   Wed Nov 28, 2012 9:32 am

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Christophe, here is a blog that explains the differences between Northern, Southern/Eastern rockhopper penguins.
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Thank you for the link Rogério.

so, here are my scientoyfic speculations Laughing

Wings : COLLECTA and SAFARI Ltd can't be Northern rockhoppers but not sure they are Southern... Maybe SAFARI ltd is a new specie : The Miami rockhopper penguin Wink
COLORATA could be a Southern rockhopper.

Crest and head: COLORATA and SAFARI Ltd are more like Northern Rockhoppers and COLLECTA more like a Southern Rockhopper.

So, I could say at least that COLLECTA is a Southern rockhopper.

If we don't mind the wings, COLORATA and SAFARI Ltd are Northern Rockhoppers. Look at this small Northern Rockhopper gang.

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Is anyone here who have better ideas ?

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PostSubject: Re: Let there be rock...hoppers : The Safari Ltd, Colorata and CollectA penguin meeting   Wed Nov 28, 2012 10:16 am

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I search and search but i dont find the microphone  afro  lol!  Suspect

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PostSubject: Re: Let there be rock...hoppers : The Safari Ltd, Colorata and CollectA penguin meeting   Wed Nov 28, 2012 10:33 am

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I search and search but i dont find the microphone afro lol! Suspect

Shocked Microphone ???? affraid Don't you recognize Domingo, Carreras and Pavarotti Laughing Laughing

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PostSubject: Re: Let there be rock...hoppers : The Safari Ltd, Colorata and CollectA penguin meeting   Wed Nov 28, 2012 10:48 am

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I search and search but i dont find the microphone afro lol! Suspect

Shocked Microphone ???? affraid Don't you recognize Domingo, Carreras and Pavarotti Laughing Laughing

Oh sorry, i think that are Bad Boys Blue Embarassed Embarassed

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PostSubject: Re: Let there be rock...hoppers : The Safari Ltd, Colorata and CollectA penguin meeting   Wed Nov 28, 2012 11:05 am

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PostSubject: Re: Let there be rock...hoppers : The Safari Ltd, Colorata and CollectA penguin meeting   Wed Nov 28, 2012 11:12 am

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PostSubject: Re: Let there be rock...hoppers : The Safari Ltd, Colorata and CollectA penguin meeting   Wed Nov 28, 2012 6:26 pm

Laughing Laughing Laughing Laughing Laughing Laughing Laughing lol! lol!

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PostSubject: Re: Let there be rock...hoppers : The Safari Ltd, Colorata and CollectA penguin meeting   Wed Jul 16, 2014 12:35 am

Great walk around and Comparison!!!!
Could not resist doing this.... I just love these cute little happy feet!!!!
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PostSubject: Re: Let there be rock...hoppers : The Safari Ltd, Colorata and CollectA penguin meeting   Wed Jul 16, 2014 11:36 am

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Could not resist doing this.... I just love these cute little happy feet!!!!

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PostSubject: Re: Let there be rock...hoppers : The Safari Ltd, Colorata and CollectA penguin meeting   Fri Jul 18, 2014 10:05 pm

I dislike Safari Ltd.'s rockhopper penguin. In my opinion (not trying to sound degrading), the color of the feet, beak and head feathers shouldn't be that bright and I feel his overall body color is wrong. Also, the feathers on the head shouldn't be that wide. It looks like he has gel in his hair or something Suspect scratch 

He actually looks like a combination between a little blue penguin and a rockhopper.


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PostSubject: Re: Let there be rock...hoppers : The Safari Ltd, Colorata and CollectA penguin meeting   Sat Aug 09, 2014 10:50 am

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Sincerely Roger, it would be interesting to know your point because I can't find what are the diferences between the three species except genetic, which can't be seen on models.
I would love to increase the number of species in my collection.  Very Happy

Scott, I agree with you COLLECTA made a strange choice. the model is fun, different from the others but the letters on back  What a Face ... Nevertheless, it can't be seen on my shelf  Wink

I found this information on the Rockhopper species and sub-species. Looks like there are visual differences so one can have fun figuring out the three that Christophe has providing this wonderful comparison on.

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Here are a couple of extracts from the article:

"Southern Rockhopper Penguins differ from their Northern counterparts in having a narrower supercilium and shorter plumes, which reach just over the black throat.”

"The Southern Rockhopper actually comprises two subspecies that have been described and can be identified in the field: the nominate form from South America and the Falkland Islands and the eastern subspecies filholi from the New Zealand sub-Antarctic islands. The eastern form mainly differs from the nominate subspecies in having a pink line of fleshy skin along the lower mandible which is black in the nominate subspecies. Immature birds have only a narrow supercilium and a pale mottled grey chin. Identification of juveniles is difficult. Shape of the supercilium, bill shape, body size and underwing pattern can aid identification. Separation of juvenile Southern and Northern Rockhopper Penguins in the field is probably impossible."

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PostSubject: Re: Let there be rock...hoppers : The Safari Ltd, Colorata and CollectA penguin meeting   Sat Aug 09, 2014 11:25 am

Collecta is more realistic
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