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Royal Penguin Illustration

Royal Penguins are black and white diving birds that live in large colonies in Antarctica and surrounding islands. They have a large, orange beak and pink, webbed feet with long toenails. They call with a braying sound, a bit like a donkey.

Creator:
Andrew Howells
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© Australian Museum

Notes

Royal Penguins are black and white diving birds that live in large colonies in Antarctica and surrounding islands. They have a large, orange beak and pink, webbed feet with long toenails. They call with a braying sound, a bit like a donkey.

Royal Penguins dive under water during the day to look for crustaceans, small fish and squid. They catch their prey in their beak and swallow it whole underwater or they go to the surface to swallow it.

Royal Penguins make nests from hollows in the ground that they line with rocks and pebbles. The female lays two eggs in her nest, but the first egg laid is kicked away from the nest by the female and does not survive. Both parents take turns keeping the egg warm for four weeks. The male takes care of the chick when it hatches until it is four weeks old.

When the chick is four weeks old it joins a group of all of the other young penguins in the colony. The young penguins stay on shore together while their parents hunt for food for them. The chicks begin to swim and feed themselves when they are 10 weeks old.

Royal Penguins have a yellow crest or eyebrow and red eyes. Some Royal Penguins start to breed at five years of age but most do not breed until they are eleven years old.

 

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