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Penguin Facts

Updated on April 28, 2011

Interesting Facts about Penguins

Here are a few interesting facts about penguins. Please share your opinion about this article by leaving a comment below.

Penguins are birds but they don't fly, instead they swim like a fish. Their wings help them propel through the water.

Emperor penguins are the largest of all penguin species. They stand about four feet tall and can weigh up to 41 kg.

Fairy penguin, which is the smallest of all species, is just 16 inches tall and weighs only 1 kg.

Very rarely you will see a penguin with brown plumage. These are known as isabelline penguins.

Macaroni penguins have the largest population of all species with a population 18 individuals.

Penguins spend most of their time in water.

They are fast swimmers and can swim as fast as 20 miles per hour.

Rockhopper Penguin
Rockhopper Penguin

Rockhopper penguins have blood-red eyes and a red-orange beak.

A study showed that macaroni penguins traveled over 10,000 km in the Central Indian Ocean.

Macaroni penguin is the most numerous penguin species with a population of about 18 million individuals.

The Galapagos penguin live northernmost of all species. They live near equator.

Penguins are not found on the north pole.

Some authorities consider the Macaroni Penguin and the Royal Penguin the same species.

The rockhopper penguin is the smallest crested penguin.

The two largest penguin species i.e. Emperor Penguin and King Penguin don't make a nest. They lay a single egg and incubate the egg on their feet.

King penguin is the second largest penguin species after the Emperor penguin. They weigh about 11 to 16 kg and stand 90 cm tall. They also dive deeper than any other penguin except the Emperor penguin.

Chicks of king penguins take 14 to 16 months before they go to the sea.

Skuas and various seal species are common predators of penguins.

I am sure you enjoyed these penguin facts.


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      Bob 6 years ago

      they are really interesting facts

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      bethany 6 years ago

      i`m lerning about penguin ,i need to know how do penguins swim ?

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      bethany 6 years ago

      i`m leaning about penguins

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      will345davis 6 years ago

      This was a great hub. Penguins have always been one of my favorite birds. I learned quite a bit from this. Amazing job.

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      katyzzz 6 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      Very interesting. Until now I thought a penguin was just a penguin. Just goes to show, doesn't it?

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      gulnazahmad 6 years ago from Pakistan

      Penguins are one of the most beautiful birds created by God. They look fabulous when they walk and the facts you shared are as much interesting as the birds themselves are:-)

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      Ultimate Hubber 6 years ago

      Jpcmc, unfortunately some species of penguins are still endangered according to IUCN.

      Chamil, like other birds, they have two feet and walk on them. I also love to see them walking! :)

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      chamilj 6 years ago from Sri Lanka

      Interesting facts about penguins. I love to see their walk.

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      JP Carlos 6 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines

      interesting info on penguins. With all the information about these birds available to man, I just hope that enough is done to help protect them.