These penguins differ from macaroni penguins in that their crests, coloured yellow, do not meet in front of their eyes. Every year in October they return to the steep slopes where they nest. Here, access to enter the pounding surf is difficult and demands dexterity to jump across the rocks. The rockhopper penguins lay 2 eggs, but the parents incubate only the second. Afterwards, the female goes hu.