Think all penguins are the same? Actually, there’s a surprising amount of variety among these little black and white birds. Here is a closer look at the penguins of the Antarctic.
Gentoos are distinguishable by their bright orange beak and feet, as well as the white “cap” marking on the their heads. While most small penguins eat krill, the gentoo eats fish, and can dive up to 400 feet in search of a meal.
If there’s such a thing as a “classic” penguin, it’s the Adélie, with its iconic tuxedo-like markings. They’re powerful swimmers and no slouch on land either, waddling up to 30 miles from their nests for food.
With a thin black line crossing their otherwise plain white faces, chinstrap penguins are aptly named. These medium-sized birds are among the region’s most numerous, with an astonishing eight million breeding pairs spread throughout the islands. Continue Reading ›