: Emperor penguins withstanding a storm.
: A creche of emperor penguin chicks in early spring.
There are some differences between the populations on the several islands, while they live genetically isolated.
The king penguin was first described by Pennant in 1768.
King penguins breed in large colonies on several sub Antarctic islands.
Worth mentioning are the colonies on Crozet Island, Prince Edward Island, Kerguelen Island, South Georgia and Macquarie Island.
The total breeding population is estimated at one million pairs.
: stable, not in danger.
The breeding ground of the 2 subspecies are on the map marked with different colours: A.
: An exceptional picture of two emperor penguins mating.
This is the only colony in Antarctica located near a base, so most of the research ever done on Emperor penguins was done here (esp in ethology and physiology). Since 1986 no more tags are put on them, but those remaining are still controlled.
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They begin their breeding cycle when other Antarctic penguins have finished theirs, at the end of April to May. Other smaller penguins at this time head north away from the encroaching winter while the Emperors head south into it. They seem to choose very dramatic sites, a large flat area where they can waddle when carrying their egg or chick on their feet surrounded by high ice cliffs or icebergs that help to give a little shelter from the winds.
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Emperor penguins breed almost exclusively on sea ice and so are perhaps the only species of bird that never sets foot on land.
Antarctic Penguins (Adelie and Emperor)
It is the living penguin and only in the Antarctic and only during the Antarctic winter.
Made famous by the documentary , Emperor penguins, far from being the monogamous and virtuous penguins as portrayed in the film (and latched onto by the Christian Right as the models for family values), have the highest divorce rate (85% from one year to the next) of any penguin species.
Without a nest to act as a meeting point for reunification for pairs – as occurs in many other species of penguins – and with pressure to get breeding according to the tight timetable to which they must adhere if they are to rear a chick to fledging size in the time available, Emperor penguins cannot afford to spend too much time during the courtship looking for their previous partner.