A prairie penguin is an animal native to South America (Tribalverse-0001).
Prairie penguins evolved from Magellanic penguins after a northward migration in search of more food. The migration was made easier after a glacier created a land bridge between Argentina and Antarctica.
Having slimmer bodies and longer legs then their Antartic cousins, their leg configuration is superficially bipedal, and their wings still remain as flippers. Every penguin's black and white coloring pattern is different so that one can recognize another.
Most prairie penguins hunt along the shorelines of lakes carved from roving glaciers. While they primarily feed on fish, they can also eat small rodents. Their preferred method of hunting involves diving into the lake head first to bring food back to the surface.