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Adelie Penguin

(Pygoscelis adeliae)
Size: 45-75 cm
Weight: 3.6-6 kg

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Description     Classification     Distribution     Sightings     Photos     Breeding     Nest     Eggs     Behaviour     Food     Call/s

Physical description

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Taxonomy, classification

See Adelie Penguin at Wikipedia .

Range, habitat, finding this species

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Sightings

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Photos

ADULT

Near-frontal view of adult Adelie Penguins (photo courtesy of B. Hensen)
[Windmill Islands, Antarctica, December 1993]

Adelie Penguins on an ice float (photo courtesy of M. Mearns)
[Antarctica, January 2005]

Adelie Penguins close to their most dreaded enemy - a Leopard Seal (photo courtesy of B. Hensen)
[Windmill Islands, Antarctica, December 1993]

Adelie Penguins on the edge of the continental ice shelf, with an iceberg floating by in the background (photo courtesy of B. Hensen)
[Windmill Islands, Antarctica, December 1993]

Adelie Penguins waiting for an opening to appear for them to dive into the sea without being crushed by ice (photo courtesy of M. Mearns)
[Antarctica, January 2005]

Adelie Penguins swimming out to sea (photo courtesy of M. Mearns)
[Antarctica, January 2005]

IMMATURE/JUVENILE

Lateral view of Adelie Penguins; the bird on the right is an immature (photo courtesy of B. Hensen)
[Windmill Islands, Antarctica, December 1993]

Adelie Penguin rookery (photo courtesy of B. Hensen)
[Windmill Islands, Antarctica, December 1993]

Breeding information

Breeding season: Jun - Jan Eggs: 2 - 3 Incubation period: 14 days Fledging age: ca. 15 days

Nest building: Incubation: Dependent care:

Nest

"bungobittah", "malunna" = nest [Aboriginal]

Type: Mould in rock mound Material: Root fibres, grass stems, webs Height above ground: 1 - 10 m

Overview of a large nesting colony of Adelie Penguins; close inspection of the photo shows that the top of the entire hill if populated by Adelie Penguins (photo courtesy of M. Mearns)
[Antarctica, January 2005]

Overview of a large nesting colony of Adelie Penguins; close inspection of the photo shows that the top of the entire hill if populated by Adelie Penguins (photo courtesy of M. Mearns)
[Antarctica, January 2005]

Adelie Penguins climbing the rock-strewn slope of a hill to reach their nests (photo courtesy of M. Mearns)
[Antarctica, January 2005]

Closer view of the lower part of the Adelie Penguin colony (photo courtesy of M. Mearns)
[Antarctica, January 2005]

Adelie Penguin with half-grown chicks in their nests (photo courtesy of M. Mearns)
[Antarctica, January 2005]

Adelie Penguin with half-grown chicks in their nests (photo courtesy of M. Mearns)
[Antarctica, January 2005]

Small nesting colony of Adelie Penguins (photo courtesy of B. Hensen)
[Windmill Islands, Antarctica, December 1993]

Small nesting colony of Adelie Penguins (photo courtesy of B. Hensen)
[Windmill Islands, Antarctica, December 1993]

Eggs

"boyanga", "booyanga", "derinya", "dirandil", "koomura", "ngampu", "nooluk", "pateena" = Egg; "dirundirri" = eggs [Aboriginal]; "gawu" = eggs [gamilaraay]

Size: 20 x 15 mm Colour: Creamy, with light-brown speckles Shape: Tapered oval

Adelie Penguins on their rock nests, with eggs visible under both birds (photo courtesy of B. Hensen)
[Windmill Islands, Antarctica, December 1993]

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