Penguins live primarily in Antarctica, but can also be found in cold coastal areas of South America, New Zealand, Australia, and South Africa. There are seventeen species of Penguins, and seven are found only in Antarctica.

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Star Wars Movies

Can R2-D2 fly?

That depends on how fly is interpreted. He can fly like a rocket but only in small bursts. He can go up stairs. He can negotiate sand. And he can get wet and endure the cold. R2-D2 can hover for short periods of time but not fly.


How do you make five days go by really fast?

Do something you love.

work on your list of things you would want to like the top 100 things even if they only take 10 min.


What kind of plants does a penguin eat?

Penguins are not plant eaters, although when food is scarce they may eat algae. Penguin's main foods are fish, squid, and krill (similar to shrimp.)

Flightless Birds

Why do penguins have blubber?

Penguins have blubber to keep warm during the winter.The blubber keeps the heat in their bodies and warms them up.
To survive the cold of course-a penguin has to spend a long time in wintry winds-evolution has made sure that penguins developed a layer of blubber-the others did not survive. To protect them against the arctic cold.

Animal Behavior
Galapagos Islands

Does the Galapagos penguin live in a pod or pack or herd?

The term pod refers to whales and dolphins, Pack refers to land predators, and herd to large herbivores. Penguins live in a colony where each pair of birds is self sufficient.


What is a penguin rookery?

A penguin rookery is a place where penguins hatch their eggs and rear their young.

Computer Keyboards

How do you make a penguin out of keyboard symbols?

  • .('v')
  • v( )v
  • .ww
  • <(" ) or <"

Can you buy a real penguin?

No you can't buy a Penguin as a pet


Can you buy a baby penguin?

No. Penguins cannot be bought by everyday people.

Animal Behavior
Food Chains and Food Webs

What animal eats penguins?

The best known predators are the leopard seals, but there are also fur seals, and whales and sharks.


Why dont penguins feet freeze in the cold?

because they have webbed feet and webbed feet dont freeze


What are adaptations of penguins?

For the most part, penguins are found in cold regions. Penguins are specially adapted to live in these colder areas, because they have blubber which can protect them from the cold. Cold water can remove heat from the body much faster than air, so a good insulator is required.

Penguins are adapted to live in and near the ocean because they eat fish. They have special adaptations that allow them to live in the water. Penguins have webbed feet to help them swim faster, and their vision is believed to be better underwater than on land. They cannot fly in air because their wings are too small for their body weight, but their wings are adapted to help them live and dive in the water. The penguin is simply unable to create enough energy to take off. Penguins' wing bones are fused straight, rather than angled like a flying bird's, and this has the effect of making the wing rigid and powerful, like a flipper. The small wings and a streamlined body shape are ideal for diving in water.

Unlike the majority of other birds, penguins do not have hollow bones, so are much heavier and harder to support with their small wings. The solid, as opposed to hollow, bones act as ballast to help them dive. Also, being solid, they are less prone to breakage from the stresses of swimming. Some (but not all) flying birds have hollow bones to be lighter.

Penguins also have higher levels of myoglobin and feathers optimized for the aquatic environment. Myoglobin is the main way penguins store oxygen during their long dives. The muscles of flying birds are filled with mitochondria and enzymes to power flight, and there is no space left-over for myoglobin. So, flying birds cannot spend us much time underwater as penguins because they have less myoglobin (less oxygen per body mass) and lower body mass (less over oxygen).

Another adaptation that penguins have is that their feathers are optimised for an aquatic environment. Penguin feathers are short and packed together tightly, overlapping, to keep water away from the skin and to create a smooth surface to lower drag. Their feathers are coated with oil from a gland near the tail to increase the "waterproof" factor. They have a downy underlayer of feathers which traps air against the skin. This layer of air is warmed by the penguin's body heat.

Penguins have short, round bodies (round bodies limit heat loss compared to long, streamlined bodies), flat faces with fat pads over the sinuses, narrow noses, and a heavy layer of body fat. These adaptations provide minimum surface area in relation to body mass for minimum heat loss and protect the lungs and base of the brain against cold air in the nasal passages.

They also have adaptations to allow them to keep cool. Some species have bare, featherless patches around their eyes which allow excess heat to escape. In addition, penguins are able to raise their feathers to allow warmth to escape. Like many other species, penguins have numerous tiny capillaries, which are blood vessels, close to the surface of the skin on their wings, and this has the effect of allowing extra heat to escape when penguins extend their wings and allow the air to move across them. Penguins are also able to release heat through their feet.

Even a penguin's colouring is an adaptation. When they are swimming, they are effectively camouflaged from below due to their white bellies, so that predators cannot see them as easily. In addition, it helps to hide them well from the fish they hunt. The black feathers on a penguin's back absorb sunlight, warming them up even when they are on cold ice.

Penguins have small glands under the skin above their eyes, and these glands help them filter out the excess salt from the ocean water. It causes the salt to drip down their beak, from where the penguins are able to shake it off.


What type of fish do emperor penguins eat?

The emperor penguin eats different types of fish and krill and crustaceans, as well as squid.

Remember the movie Happy Feet.....I read this amazing article in the 7/22/00 Awake magazine regarding the largest of all penguins, the emperor penguin which stands nearly four feet tall and weighs up to 85 pounds. When other penguins head north to escape Antartica's brutal, dark winter emperors head south for Antartica. The female lays her egg, the male scoops it up to keep warm in the fold of hos skin in the lower abdomen. The female then heads to the open sea and food. For 65 days during the harshest of weather the male incubates the egg. The egg hatches just when the female returns.


Why do penguins like cold water?

because they are living in Antarctica


Are penguins more intelligent than other birds?

No, parrots seem the most intelligent than any other birds because they learn quicker than other birds,that's why parrots are the only birds that really know how to talk and they learn to repeat people so they learn more and have a great memory of what people say.

Penguins are probably the second most intelligent birds.


When a mother penguin gives birth what happens to the egg?

The father keeps it in his egg pouch, while the mother goes out to sea to get fish to regurgitate to the baby upon reunion. Then the father goes out to sea while the mother stays, and so on.

Snow and Ice

What lives in snow?

Tons of different animals live in the snow, as manta species live in both the Arctic and the Antarctic. There is on also snow in places like Nepal, where there are lots of mountains, and more animals live there.


What also looks like a penguin?

Puffin or Auk


Why do the dad penguins carry the egg on their feet?

To keep it off the ice/snow and to keep it warmer.


Why are penguin and osprey in the same group?

because they are bothe birds but neither can fly


Is the emperor penguin the largest bird?

No, they can get 4' & an Ostrich can reach 8.


How do contour feathers help a bird fly?

i think it helps it fly by moving through the air and water smoothly.

answer by : Rishi Patel


How much space dose macaroni penguins need?

They don't need that much....... 5 feet


What do ospreys and penguins have in common?

They are both birds, they both live and depend upon water, for food. They are both vertebrates.


Do wild penguins live in Alaska?

If your reffering to south alaska east alaska.. etc.. than yes


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