Today I want to write about a very graceful bird, the emperor penguin.
Here are five interesting facts about them:
- These amazing birds grow up to 1 metre tall, making them the largest species of penguin in the world.
- Like other penguins, they are excellent swimmers, diving to catch fish, squid and krill.
- During the harsh winter of Antarctica, the males huddle together in large groups looking after an egg on their feet until the females arrive 9 weeks later to look after the chick.
- After the females finally get there, the males have to walk over the ice for about 100 kilometres to the sea to get their first meal for over 4 months.
- Emperor penguins are found in the Antarctic where their numbers are dropping due to the melting of the sea ice that they need to breed on.
I hope that you found these facts interesting and learned something new.
Are there any other interesting facts that you would like to share about emperor penguins?