Interesting Facts about Penguins

  • Penguins are birds.
  • The name is derived from Welsh terms ‘pen’, meaning head and ‘gwyn’, meaning white.
  • Penguin is an unofficial symbol of the United States Libertarian Party.
  • They mate for life.
  • Linux mascot tux is also a penguin.
  • They are ancient species that appeared 40 million years ago in the Eocene.
  • Penguins don't fly, they swim.
  • Penguins lay eggs.
  • Penguin chicks have fluffy feathers.
  • A group of penguins is called colonies or rookery.
  • They usually move in huge groups.
  • Penguins use their wings for swimming.
  • Penguins live in the Southern Hemisphere.
  • Some penguins live in Antarctica, Coast of South America, South Africa, Galapagos, Southern Australia and New Zealand.
  • Penguins hunt for fish, squid or shrimp like krill in the oceans to fill their stomach.
  • Most penguins can swim about 15 miles per hour.
  • Penguins have insulating layers of air, skin, and blubber.
  • Penguins have tightly packed feathers that help them to keep warm.
  • Penguins open their feather to feel the cold.
  • There are at least 18 different species of penguins.
  • There may be as many as 100 million penguins in the world.
  • Penguins can be endangered by oil spills, water pollution, and the over harvesting
Penguins Fun Facts
  • Penguins are social creatures.
  • They adapt to various climates.
  • They live in large colonies called rookeries.
  • They waddle when they walk.
  • Penguins are dresses in classic black and white.
  • Penguins communicate with each other through body language.
  • They spend most of their lives in water.
  • They don’t fear humans but are endangered by oil spills, water pollution, and the over harvesting of ocean fish.
  • Their body is insulated with a thick layer of blubber that keeps them warm.
  • They leap out of water while swimming.
  • They can walk faster than humans.
  • They can hold their breath for about 20 minutes under water.
  • They have more feathers per square inch that keeps them warm in frigid waters.
  • They are counter-shaded for camouflage.
  • Baby penguins have soft feathers known as down.
  • They count on their parents for food until they grow up with waterproof juvenile feathers.
  • They pick up stones and store them in their crop. This helps them to float when they are in water.
  • They can control blood flow through fat.
  • Rockhopper penguins have very loud calls.
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