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15 Fun Facts About Penguins

Updated on December 9, 2012
Pictures of Penguins
Pictures of Penguins | Source

As kids we had have our share of fun and special bias for our favorite animal or bird. Penguins are one such love of children. All black and white, this bird is loved for its cute looks. Penguins are known to be found in extreme cold climatic condition of Antarctica, Coast of South America, South Africa, Galapagos, Southern Australia and New Zealand as that suits them pretty well but they are very good in adapting to various climates. They are categorized as birds but they cannot fly, they swim. They could speed up to 15 miles per hour.

Penguins | Source
Penguins | Source

There are many unheard facts in relation to penguins like above. 15 Fun facts are as follows:

  • Penguins are social birds that lives in community and mate for life.
  • Penguins communicate with each other by their body language and signs by using their flippers and head.
  • Penguins are warm-blooded birds as humans but still lay eggs.
  • Penguins keep themselves warm by their insulating layer of air, skin and blubber. They have tightly packed feathers and to feel cold they open their feather.
  • There are at least 18 different species of penguin and around 100 million penguins in the world.
  • Their natural enemies are Leopard Seal and Giant Petrels. To defend themselves and their nests they bite fiercely.
  • They feed on fish, cephalopods and krill and they eat their food by swallowing as a whole.
  • Penguins have short legs and no knees and every thing covered with tightly packed feathers.
  • Another funny thing about them is if they lose a chick they steal from other mother.
  • When the salt storage completely fills the gland, penguins go to a rock and knock his beak to empty the salt content. The act looks rather funny when done by many and observed from a distance.
  • In Penguins, male takes care of the chick. To keep eggs warm away from cold they balance their egg on feet and cover with their belly flap.
  • They can walk faster than humans even when they seem to waddle while walking.
  • They store stones that help them float in water. They enjoy that.
  • Baby penguins depend on their parents for food till they have grownup with juvenile feathers on them.
  • They can hold their breath for 20 minutes under water and can leap in water while swimming.


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      WILLIAM 4 years ago


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      Shannon 4 years ago

      Just thought you'd like to know, penguins do have knees... ;)

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      cgggdksoif 4 years ago

      penguins are so beautiful and I whis I could have one!!!!!

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      colleen 4 years ago

      i love penguins. me + penguins= together

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      Chloe 5 years ago

      I am doing a presentation on penguins for school and all the facts are right here thanks

      but don't worry i will say that it is from this website (so I won't plagerize)

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      yoginijoy 5 years ago from Mid-Atlantic, USA

      What a beautiful homage to penguins-very enjoyable! Thank you.

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      MIKAYLA NORRIS 5 years ago

      i am so glade you have this web page because i am a animal worker and thought that if you had some facts about sea anilmals i will be on you web site evry day

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      nelly 5 years ago

      Useful information i needed for my h.w. love it !!! ;)

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      brianna 5 years ago

      i love penguins they are so cute with there cute faces

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      clare 5 years ago

      Penguins are adorable I love everything about them ^_^

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      karennen 5 years ago

      tnx, for the facts!!!! LOVE IT!! ^_^

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      kasey 5 years ago

      I penguins are so cute!!!!

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      shybluesoul 5 years ago

      i like pengin o_O

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      Eiddwen 6 years ago from Wales

      Oh how beautiful; I love animals/nature in any shape or form and this one was indeed a gem.

      Here's to so many more to share on here and an up up and away.

      Take care and enjoy your day.


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      lady rain 6 years ago from Australia

      I love penguins, they are such cute creatures. Great hub! Voted up and more.

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      MissDoolittle 6 years ago from Sussex, UK

      This was a really interesting read on penguin facts. In fact, I didn't know half of them, so I actually learnt something.

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      Kris Heeter 6 years ago from Indiana

      Fun hub:) This brought back memories of a grade school report I had to do on penguins!

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      gogogo 6 years ago

      Penguins are one of my favorites, I enjoy birds of all kinds, photos are beautiful Thanks for sharing

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      maglette 6 years ago from London

      Love this hub, I'm a big penguin fan :-)

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      peramore20 6 years ago from Greensburg, PA

      Very interesting hub. I love penguins. They're one of my favorite animals, so I really enjoyed this hub.

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      cr00059n 6 years ago

      Interesting article facts with nice pictures. These penguins sure look like they are enjoying themselves. Thanks for a useful article. Giving you the votes up. Cool.