Penguin Facts – Interesting Facts About Penguins

Fun Facts About Penguins

Some species create nests with pebbles and loose feathers. Emperor Penguins are an exception to it.

In Penguins, both the parents take care of their young for several months until the young one is strong enough to hunt for food on their own.

Sometimes male penguin incubates the eggs while the females leave to hunt for weeks at a time. Therefore, pudgy males that have enough fat storage to survive weeks without eating are most desirable.

If a female Emperor Penguin chick dies, she will often kidnap an unrelated chick, but rather than raising it as her own, she soon abandons the stolen baby.

Though penguins’ ears are not visible, they have excellent hearing and rely on distinct calls to identify their mate when returning to the crowded breeding grounds.

Penguins are not used to danger from animals on solid ground; therefore they don’t exhibit fear of human tourists.

The word penguin actually referred to Great Auks in the 16th century, a now extinct species that inhabited the seas around the eastern Canada. When explorers saw the black and white birds that resembled Aucks in the Southern Hemisphere they called them penguins.

A group of penguins is called a colony.

Penguins mature around three to eight years.

Penguin parents identify their chick by the unique calls that the offspring makes.