The King Penguin

A highly gregarious species, the King Penguin (Aptenodytes patagonicus) gathers in breeding colonies that range from 30 animals to hundreds of thousands of birds. When ready to mate, a male will advertise its availability with trumpet-like calls, and by stretching tall, with its bill elegantly upraised.


The King Penguin: Hatchlings

Instead of building a nest, the egg is incubated on top of the feet under the warm belly, with each pair’s somewhat mobile territory defined simply by pecking-distance. After hatching, parental duties continue to be equally shared by both sexes, with one staying on land to brood the chick while the other goes in search of food at sea.

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