The Humboldt penguin (Spheniscus humboldti) shares its name with the chilly Humboldt Current, which flows north from Antarctica along the Pacific Coast of South America, where the birds live. Both birds and current are named after the 18th-century explorer Alexander von Humboldt. The Humboldt Penguin lives in South America along the Pacific Coast. It is found in both Chile and Peru. Humboldt penguins can be recognised by the black band of feathers across their chest. Humboldts, which can reach speeds of 30 miles per hour, use their wings to help them swim, and their webbed feet to steer underwater.