Adélie Penguin

Pygoscelis adeliae

Adélie Penguins are common in their Antarctic home, and are found no where else on Earth. They are one of the most of the most southerly seabirds, among other penguins, skuas and petrels. A French explorer by the name of Jules Dumont d'Urville named these fascinating little birds for his wife, Adélie. Adélie Penguins are Near-Threatened, so they are still in not much danger of become Endangered, and you can see that in their sizes of their colonies! When breeding, the congregations can be over a quarter of a million pairs! The breeding season for Adélie Penguins is October to February, during which time, the penguins make nests out of little stones lying around on the beach. Two eggs are incubated by the parents who take shifts for 32-34 days. After the eggs hatch, the chicks stay in the nest for 22 days before going to join penguin crèches. After 50-60 days, the juvenile penguins have molted, and so they go off to sea. The Adélie Penguin is smaller than other ones, but their tail is a bit longer than other penguins’ tails. These birds have a curious nature, and it can often get them into trouble. On the Scott expedition to the South Pole, the penguins would come up to the dogs and observe them in a curious and friendly way. However, it started turning out to be fateful for the little birds. One story tells of a penguin, hearing the dogs barking, took it as an invitation to play, and rushed excitedly across the ice. Fortunately, one of the men rushed up to it, and saved from certain death. The Penguin was understandably upset, and bit the man's trousers and hit the rescuer with little black wings. These birds are very well known and are often on wildlife documentaries about the Antarctic.   



'I'm a little Gentleman!'  (Image via. Wikipedia)


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