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African Penguin
Gentoo Penguin
Gentoo Penguin
Little Blue Penguin
Little Blue Penguin
Penguin 1 - African Penguins Bolders Beach, South Africa: African penguins are the only penguin breeding in Africa where they are distributed on the coast of South Africa, Namibia and on the off shore islands. Fishing from rocky coastlines, the diet of African penguins consists mainly of fish, such as pilchards and anchovies, and crustaceans, of which krill is the principal species.
Penguin 2 - Gentoo Penguins, Antarctic Peninsular: Gentoo penguins are distributed throughout the sub-Antarctic region extending to the Antarctic Peninsula. They breed on Staten, Falkland, South Georgia, South Sandwich, South Orkney, South Shetland, the Antarctic Peninsula, Marion, Prince Edward, Crozet, Kerguelen, Heard, and Macquarie Islands.
Penguin 3 - Little Blue Penguin, Rottnest Island, Australia:Little Penguins are the smallest of all the penguins standing only 16 to 17 inches tall and weighing only about 2 lbs. They are sometimes called the "Little Blue penguin", "Fairy penguin", and "Blue penguin". It is called "blue" because of the indigo-blue and slate-gray color of the feathers.
African Penguin
King Penguin
African Penguin
Penguin 4 - African Penguin, Bolders Beach, South Africa: The African Penguin's loud braying voice led to them also being called Jackass Penguins. Birds forage close inshore, especially during the breeding season.
Penguin 5 - King Penguin, Falkland Islands: The king penguin, can be found around the Oceanic Islands in sub-Antarctic and temperate waters. Their breeding grounds include Tierra del Fuego, the Falklands, Crozet and the islands southeast of Australia and southwest of New Zealand.
Penguin 6 - African Penguin, Bolders Beach, South Africa: African Penguins breed in burrows, rock crevices and under shrubs, often forming large colonies, with some numbering over ten thousand pairs. They lay two eggs in burrows, bowl-shaped depressions dug in the sand, which protect the eggs from the sun.
Adelie Penguin
King Penguin
Penguin 7 - Chinstrap Penguin, Antarctic Peninsular: Chinstrap penguins are an abundant species in the Antarctic and subantarctic regions with populations estimated at about 15,000,000 birds. Thier breeding range includes the South Sandwich Islands, Antarctic Peninsula, South Orkneys, South Shetlands, South Georgia, Bouvet, Balleny and Peter Island.
Penguin 8 - Adelie Penguin, Antarctic Peninsular: Adelie penguins live on the Antarctic continent and on many small, surrounding coastal islands. They spend the winter offshore in the seas surrounding the Antarctic pack ice.
Penguin 9 - King Penguins, Falkland Islands: King Penguin are the second largest penguins, only being surpassed by the Emperors. They primarily feed on small bioluminescent lanternfish but may also feed on alternative prey such as squid if readily available.King penguins lay a single egg of about 300g and keep it on their feet during the 55 day incubation period.
Gentoo Penguin
Rock Hopper Penguin
Penguin 10 - Yellow-Eyed Penguin, East Coast, New Zealand: Yellow-Eyed Penguins, are found in small colonies on the lower East coast of New Zealands South Island. It is the third largest penguin behind the Emperor, the largest, and the King penguin being the second largest. The penguin usually nests in forest or scrub, among Native Flax and lupin, on slopes or gullies, or the shore itself, facing the sea.
Penguin 11 - Gentoo Penguin, Antarctic Peninsular: Gentoo penguins are better swimmers and divers than other penguins. Their streamlined bodies make them the fastest penguin underwater, able to reach speeds of 36kph, and they can dive to 170 metres down into the deep ocean.
Penguin 12 - Rock Hopper Penguin, Falkland Islands: The Rockhopper penguins are small crested penguins named because of the way they hop from boulder to boulder when moving around their rocky colonies. They are distributed on sub-Antarctic islands breeding at cool, southern localities such as Macquarie Island, the Falklands, Campbell Island, Tristan da Cunha, and the Antipodes.
Adelie Penguin
African Penguin
Penguin 13 - Gentoo Penguins, Antarctic Peninsular: Gentoo penguin nests are usually made from a roughly circular pile of stones and can be quite large, 20cm high and 25cm in diameter. The stones are jealously guarded and their ownership can be the subject of noisy disputes between individual penguins. They are also prized by the females, even to the point that a male penguin can obtain the favors of a female by offering her a nice stone.
Penguin 14 - Adelie Penguin, Antarctic Peninsular: Adelie Penguins feed on tiny aquatic creatures, such as shrimp-like krill, but also eat fish and squid. They have been known to dive as deep as 575 feet (175 meters) in search of such quarry, though they usually hunt in far shallower waters less than half that depth.
Penguin 15 - African Penguin, Bolders Beach, South Africa: Sharks and fur seals hunt penguins in the water. Seagulls, mongoose and cats prey on nesting penguins and their offspring. The African Penguin is classified as endangered, not due to thier natural preditors, but due to the impact of human activities such as over fishing, destruction of habitat and oil spills.

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