Penguins Page 1
nr. 507a
Adélie Penguin with chick. Curverville Island Antarctic.
Antarctic species
Length: 71 cm   Stands: 53 cm
Adélie Penguin, Pygoscelis adeliae
Small penguin, with distinctive white eyelids and short, dark reddy-brown bill. Black head throat and back and silver white under parts. Feet off-white or flesh coloured. Sexes are similar although females are smaller.
Named after French explorer Dumont d'Urville's wife. Breeding occurs all around the Antarctic continent and peninsula and at some of the more southerly subantarctic islands. There are about 2.5 million breeding pairs known for 177 localities, although there are likely new colonies to discover in little explored sections of the Antarctic coast line. Breeding occurs during summer in large colonies. Comical looking chases of adults bu chicks ensure that meals are not fed to chicks that give up chases first. Diet is mainly Antarctic and ice krill. Deep dives for prey (150 meters) may be undertaken, but usually dives are much shallower. In winter Adelies stay at sea, resting on pack ice and icebergs in groups.
nr. 1996183
A Rockhopper Penguin closeup, Falkland 
Subantarctic Species
Length: 56 cm  Stands: 33-35 cm
Dark blue-black upper parts in new plumage, dull grey-brown in worn or old plumage. Under parts white. Head and chin blue-black. Sulphur yellow stripe or crest that dos not meet between the eyes. Bill red-brown, feet flesh colour.
Males return to breeding sites in early October, females ten days later. Egg laying begins first week of November. Rockhoppers lay two dimorphic eggs. The smaller first laid egg is often lost during incubation and does not always hatch if retained. Breeding colonies are smaller than those of Macaroni penguins, and the birds are able to breed among tumbled boulders on exposed shores, where their hopping and swimming abilities are required to enter and emerge from the sea and to reach their nest sites. The species pursuit dives for lantern fish and small crustaceans.
Chinstrap Penguin, Deception Island 
Antarctic species
Length: 76 cm
Small penguin,  distinctive black line connecting the black cap to below the chin - hence the name. Black Head, throat and back. Silver-white under parts. Feet off-white or flesh-coloured. Breeding occurs around the Antarctic peninsula and on islands south of the Antarctic polar front. With an estimated 7.5 million pairs, the Chinstrap penguin is the second most abundant penguin, after the Macaroni penguin. Two eggs are laid in November or December and chicks fledge in late February and early March. Pursuit dives for prey, almost entirely krill, are usually less than 30 meters deep. Chinstraps forage among the pack ice.
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