Adelie Penguin (Pygoscelis adeliae)
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Family – Spheniscidae – all penguins are in this family
Genus – Pygoscelis, the Brush-tailed penguins – Adelie, Chinstrap, Gentoo
Species – adeliae – Adelie Penguins
Size – 18-28 inches
Weight – 8-13 pounds
Diet – Krill and squid
Conservation Status – Near threatened
Movie Sighting – Madagascar – Skipper,Kowaski,Rico,and Private
These penguins live all along the coast of Antarctica. The make their nests out of rocks and each breeding pair usually lays a couple of eggs.
They have quite the fearless attitude as told in the book The Worst Journey in the World:
“It was not an uncommon sight to see a little Adélie penguin standing within a few inches of the nose of a dog which was almost frantic with desire and passion.”
I am putting this book on my wish list!
They are very cute penguins! (Aren’t they all?) They have cute white circles around their eyes:
And larger tails than other species of penguins:
Next week’s penguin is the African penguin!
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Have a good one!