One of the things I was most looking forward to seeing when we visited the Antarctica region was the penguins. Penguins are fascinating birds, and I never tired of seeing them or watching their antics.
Facts about King Penguins
1. They’re the second-largest species of penguin.
2. They weigh up to 15kg and grow to around 3.1 feet in height.
3. It’s estimated there are around 2 million breeding pairs, but some say there are far more than this.
4. The largest colony is found on the island of South Georgia, although they also live in Antarctica and on the south coast of Argentina.
5. King penguins eat fish and squid.
6. Penguins have two chicks every three years, and their varied breeding season means that there are always a few chicks within a colony.
7. The penguin chicks have wooly brown coats before they molt and the adult feathers grow. Early explorers thought they were a different species of penguin.
8. King penguins don’t make nests but carry their eggs around in a brood patch.
9. King penguins will change partners for each breeding season.
10. Leopard seals hunt the adult penguins while the skua bird attacks both the eggs and chicks.
Source: Cool Antarctica
Some of the many King penguins on one of South Georgia’s beaches.
Snow Moon Dragon, book 4 in the Dragon Investigators series, is coming out soon. Snow Moon Dragon is set on South Georgia and King penguins are mentioned a time or two.