Emperor Penguin

Emperor Penguin
(Aptenodytes forsteri)

Emperor Penguins

Emperor Penguins are the largest of all living penguins. I learned most of what I know about emperors from March of the Penguins. It’s an awesome documentary that follows the breeding cycle of these majestic birds.


Family – Spheniscidae – all penguins are in this family
Genus – Aptenodytes – “The Great Penguins” – King and Emperor
Species – A. forsteri – Emperor
Size – ~48 inches tall
Weight – between 49-99 pounds
Diet – Mostly fish
Conservation Status – Near Threatened




The photos in this post (including the featured image) were taken by Christopher Michel in December of 2013. You can view his large and gorgeous collection of photos on his Flickr site or his SmugMug site. I prefer looking at pics on SmugMug. I had a ton of his photos on this post, but I feel like y’all should really just look at his work on his pages. He is fabulous! Go there after you read the last bit here!

Emperor Penguins


On the screen

Emperor penguins are very popular for the big screen. As mentioned before there is the great documentary, March of the Penguins. Also, Happy Feet, which is a very cute movie with environmental education worked in, and Surf’s Up, which I have not seen, but plan to watch soon. If you’ve seen it, let me know how it is!

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