Macaroni penguins are frequently confused with Royal penguins, which are also black-and-white. The face of a Macaroni penguin is primarily black unlike the distinctly white faces of Royal penguins. Another distinguishing characteristic of Macaroni penguins are the yellow or orange tassels that adorn their faces. Macaroni penguins are, on average, between 20 and 28 inches tall and weigh around 11 pounds. Their beaks are brown and red in color.