Image: King Penguin adult and chick Illustration

King Penguin adult and chick Illustration

King Penguins are black and white diving birds that live in large colonies in Antarctica and sub-Antarctic islands. They have a narrow, long, downward-curving beak, which is black with an orange base. They have webbed feet with long toenails. They call with a trumpeting sound.

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Andrew Howells
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King Penguins are black and white diving birds that live in large colonies in Antarctica and sub-Antarctic islands. They have a narrow, long, downward-curving beak, which is black with an orange base. They have webbed feet with long toenails. They call with a trumpeting sound.

King Penguins dive beneath the water to search for crustaceans, fish and squid. They look for food both day and night. They catch their prey in their beak and swallow it whole underwater or they go to the surface to swallow it.

King Penguins do not make nests. The female lays her single egg on the ground. The parents take it in turns to hold the egg on their feet and keep it warm with their stomach fat and feathers. When the egg hatches the chick stands on the parents' feet for another seven weeks until it starts growing feathers.

When they are seven weeks old all of the young penguins in the colony stay on shore in a group while their parents hunt for food for them. The young penguins begin to swim and feed themselves when they are nine months old.

King Penguins are the second largest penguin in the world and can grow as tall as 95 cm.

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