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Thousands of penguins in Argentina are ready for their annual migration

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PUERTO TOMBO, Argentina (AP) — Hundreds of thousands of Magellanic penguins are getting ready to leave Argentina’s Punta Tombo peninsula and migrate north.

Magellanic penguins prefer warm weather, and breed in large colonies in southern Argentina and Chile.

More than 200,000 penguin couples just finished their breeding season.

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Penguins pack on a beach at Punta Tombo peninsula in Argentina's Patagonia. Punta Tombo represents the largest colony of Magellanic penguins in the world.

The birds migrate as far north as southwestern Brazil between March and September.

They have a broad crescent of white feathers that extends from just above each eye to the chin and a small area of pink flesh on the face.

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