Have you found yourself wondering where to see Penguins? Where to encounter or swim with them? Or wondering about Penguins in general? We have the perfect blog for you!

Penguins are a group of aquatic flightless birds. They live almost exclusively in the Southern Hemisphere, with only one species, the Galápagos penguin, found north of the equator. Highly adapted for life in the water, penguins have countershaded dark and white plumage and flippers for swimming.


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Summary

About

COMMON NAME: Penguins
SCIENTIFIC NAME: Spheniscidae
DIET: Carnivore
GROUP NAME: Colony
AVERAGE LIFE SPAN: 15-20 years
SIZE: 16-45 inches
WEIGHT: 2-88 pounds

Habitat

Penguins are flightless seabirds that live almost exclusively below the equator. Someisland-dwellerscan be found in warmer climates, but most—includingemperor,adélie,chinstrap, andgentoopenguins—reside in and around icy Antarctica.

Behavior & Breeding

On land, penguins have anupright stanceand tend to waddle, hop, or run with their bodies angled forward. Polar penguins can travel long distances quickly by “tobogganing,” or sliding across the ice on their bellies and pushing forward with their feet. If it’s especially cold, they huddle together in large colonies that protect them from predators and provide warmth.

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