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    two adult emperor penguins and four penguin chicks

    There are 17 species of penguins, all of which live in the Southern Hemisphere. 

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    two penguins walking out of the ocean
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    two black and white african penguins

    This is theAfrican penguin, and it is the only breed of penguin found to breed in Africa. They live in southern Africa and live under rocks, shrubs and in burrows. 

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    five baby penguin chicks huddled together
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    rockhopper penguin with spiky feathers on its head

    Rockhopper penguins are relatively small and distinguishable by their spiky feather plumes and red eyes. The live in the sub-antarctic and make their nests from pebbles. 

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    an adult emperor penguin looking after a group of grey baby penguin chicks
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    an emperor penguin sliding on its stomach

    Penguins aren't the only bird that can't fly. Emus, ostriches, kiwis and cassowaries also can't fly. If an animal has feathers, lays eggs and is warm-blooded, it's considered a bird. 

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    two penguins with yellow patches touching beaks
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    a line of penguins sliding on their stomachs towards the camera in a line

    Penguins have feathers like other birds, although they are short and stiff in comparison. The outside layer of a penguins feathers are distributed evenly over the penguins body, waterproofing the penguin and protecting it from the wind. Under the outer feathers is layer of downy, soft feathers, which provides insulation and allows the penguin to live in the harsh cold of the Antarctic. 

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    an african penguin in the foreground with the beach and rocks in the background
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    a large group of penguins wading into the ocean

    Penguins are awkward on land, but excellent swimmers. Although they usually stay within the first 10 meters of water, they can dive as deep as 250 meters

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    an adult penguin feeding two chicks
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    a mother and father emperor penguin looking at their chick

    Penguins diets consist of fish, squid, crustaceans, and krill. The size of the penguin will determine the size of its food, although in recent times, climate change has also effected the food available to penguins. 

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    a grey baby penguin chicks with two adult penguins
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    a group of penguins jumping off an iceberg into the water

    When in the water, Antarctic penguins have to watch out for sharks, orcas (killer whales), sea lions and leopard seals. All three are fast swimmers and getting caught by one is fatal. Penguins don't have any predators on land, meaning that when encountering humans they are curious and friendly. 

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    a group of many adult emperor penguins
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    penguin swimming underwater inside a group of small fish

    Penguins are able to drink salt water, and end up drinking a lot when catching food underwater. While nearly all animals need to drink fresh water to survive, penguins have a gland that removes the salt from their bloodstream. This gland is located in their beak, and looks like a nostril. Salt water drips from here, giving the appearance of a runny nose, but serving an important purpose. 

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    seven grey penguin chicks with an adult penguin

    When penguin chicks are around 2 months old, they start to spend time away from their parents. One adult penguin will look after a group of penguin chicks, acting as a babysitter. This allows the chick's parents to have some me-time, eat and rest. Sound familiar? 

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    an adult penguin feeding a chick between it's feet
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    rockhopper penguin standing on rocks

    Rockhopper penguins are known to be aggressive and fight over just about anything, including arguments about food, territory, mating partners and nest materials. 

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    two adult emperor penguins standing with their heads together with a penguin chick between them

    Both parents have an important role in rearing an emperor penguin chick. After the mother penguin lays an egg, she willleave the eggfor the father penguin to look after for around 8 weeks. If the egg hatches before the mother returns, the father penguin will be able to regurgitate food into the chick's mouth until mum returns. This could take weeks, and often the father penguin will lose half his body weight. 

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    group of adult and baby penguins
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    group of grey penguin chicks

    Baby Emperor penguins are born with fluffy grey feathersand a black and white face. Around 1 year of age, they lose their baby feathers and their adult coloring comes in. 

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    five shiny emperor penguins standing in a line
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    adelie penguin's black head

    Adelie penguins, like this one, live on the Antarctic continent and on many surrounding islands. They are distinguishable by the white ring around their eyes and sometimes swim a round trip of 185 miles for a meal! 

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    group of emperor penguins standing among the snow

    A group on penguins in water is called a 'raft', and a group of penguins on land is called a 'waddle'. More collective nouns for penguins include 'colony', 'rookery' and 'huddle'. 

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    penguin scratching its head with it's foot
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    group of penguins walking into the water from the beach

    Penguins are colored black and white for camouflage; when viewed in the water from below, their white stomachs are hidden against the light coming from above. If viewed from above the ocean, their black backs make them almost impossible to see against the dark ocean. 

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    group of black and white penguins from below
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    two adult emperor penguins and two grey penguin chicks

    Between 37 and 40 million years ago, a mega penguin lived that measured between 160 cm and 2 meters tall. Today, the largest penguin is the Emperor penguin, which reaches a maximum height of 122 cm. 

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    grey penguin chicks with black and white faces and snow on their heads standing together

    Penguins are protected from the cold by their insulating feathers and their body fat: the fatter the penguin, the more likely it is to survive. 

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    group of penguins walking in a line on the beach
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    a penguin diving underwater

    Although penguins are more comfortable in the water than they are on land, they are not able to breathe underwater. Penguins are able to hold their breath underwater, with the time length depending on the species of penguin. While most species can spend 6 minutes underwater, the Emperor penguin can hold it's breath for the longest amount of time. Emperor penguins are known to dive to depths of 550 meters, and have adapted to be able to hold their breaths for 20 minutes. 

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    two adult emperor penguins intertwining their necks
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    four penguins standing on a rock next to the water

    Penguins don't have teeth. They have backward-facing bristles inside their mouths that hep guide the food down their throats. 

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    macaroni penguin with yellow head feathers
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    gentoo penguins flying out of the water as they swim

    The Gentoo penguin can reach up to 22 miles per hour when swimming. 

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    penguin with two penguin chicks sheltering next to it
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    an adult and a baby penguin both bending over to the right

    If a female penguin loses her chick, or it dies, she will often try to steal another chick from its parents. 

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    an adult penguin and a brown fluffy penguin chick standing on grass
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    a penguin standing on the beach with other penguins behind it
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    a group of adult penguins standing with a mountain in the background
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    two rockhopper penguins standing together
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    an adorable baby penguin sitting on it's parents feet
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    baby penguin huddled sleeping next to a large adult penguin
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    a penguin standing on a rock looking out to sea
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    two adult penguins looking at the baby penguins that sit on their feet
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    a colony of thousands of penguins

    All penguins, aside from 2 species, live in colonies of up to 1000 penguins. 

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    a rockhopper penguin with spiky yellow head feathers
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    a snares penguin through the leaves of a tree
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    four emperor penguins standing on the snow looking in the same direction
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    a penguin walking on sand next to a bush
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    two grey fluffy penguin chicks cuddling next to each other
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    a baby penguin raising its wings with an adult penguin looking at it

    Penguins don't have visible ears, but this doesn't mean they don't hear well. Penguins have excellent hearingand can recognize the voices of their partners, offspring or parents in a large group of penguins - which can get noisy!

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    two gay adult penguins and a grey penguin chick

    There have been many instances of same-sex penguin couples, both male and female. As males and female penguins share parenting duties equally, it is easy for each couple to look after the egg - the only problem is getting an egg. Manysame-sex penguin couples have had unwanted eggs donated to them from zoo keepers (after attempting to steal another couple's egg). There have even been instances of female penguins mating with male penguins and returning to their female partner once the egg has been laid. 

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    two penguins standing on the beach with the sunset behind them

    While some penguins are comfortable with warm temperatures, like the Galapagos penguins who live near the equator, other penguins that live in Antarctica can overheat if the weather gets too hot. When penguins are too hot, they erect their feathers to increase air flow, lie down on the ice away from the other penguins, and pant. 

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    fluffy baby penguin turning it's head on the side as it sits under it's parent
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    two emperor penguins standing together with a chick between them

    All penguin species except the Emperor penguin build nests for their eggs. These nests can be made from a range of materials, depending on the bird's environment. This generally includes rocks, sticks, and mud. Emperor penguins have a pouch known as a brood pouch, which is a flap of feathered skin that can completely cover the egg. Balancing the egg on top of their feet, the egg is kept warm inside this pouch. Once hatched, baby chicks still take shelter in their mother or father's brood pouch. 

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    chinstrap penguin lifting its wings and leg like it is dancing

    Penguins really do dance, although not quite as well as in Happy feet. 

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    an emperor penguin with a group of many baby penguin chicks
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    group of penguins sliding down a snowy hill on their stomachs

    There is a specific word for when penguins transport themselves on their stomach: tobogganing. This is a faster and more efficient way of getting around than walking, for penguins have short legs and only reach around 2 miles per hour on foot. Tobogganing is great on flat or descending surfaces, and penguins increase their speed by pushing the ground with their feet. This is also an effective way to escape land predators, which are rare but not unheard of. 

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    two white and black penguins standing on a rock
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    a group of Fairy penguins standing on sand among beach grass

    Not all penguins live in the ice and snow. These penguins, known asLittle Blue penguins or Fairy penguins, live in Australia and New Zealand. They live in burrows, under trees, rock crevices and sometimes in caves. Fairy penguins are the smallest species of penguin, and unlike other penguins, they are nocturnal


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