Penguins all over the continent of Antarctica begin to migrate to various nesting groups in the southern hemisphere, in some way they find their very location of hatching in March. There they lay the eggs of the next generation. These penguins sometimes travel up to 100 miles to get there.
The migration patterns of penguins create a glorious spectacle. They follow the migration behavior of their ancestors. They travel every year to reach pre-programmed, inland spots for nesting which are about 100 miles away. They develop a migration ritual that allows them to move from place to place to meet survival needs.
Penguins can walk backward only in frightening situations and not normally. If they walk backward, they may fall due to the bulky body. Since penguins are heavy flightless birds; they can only waddle or sometimes waddle faster in case of a threat. They cannot walk backward with no trouble.
Penguins are proficient in swimming than walking. For walking backward, the feet have to lift, which may cause a fall back of penguins. Naturally, penguin’s leg and feet are short to balance its whole body, which led the penguin’s waddle.
Penguins spend their maximum of life in the ocean. Even though they are flightless marine birds; they are efficient swimmers. Penguins swim with the help of their flippers which acts as also wings in the water. The waterproof feathers protect the penguins from the harsh cold and keep them out of wet.
The other main contribution to swimming is their body structure; the streamlined torpedo-shaped body aids them to swim precisely and smoothly.
The way penguins swim in water is almost similar to that they fly in the water. While waddling on land, penguins appear to be funny and clumsy; whereas, in water penguins swim fast spectacularly with a lot of grace.
Penguins live in some of the most inhospitable weather conditions, and it is not uncommon for some of them to die due to harsh weather, predators, or starvation. If you have ever wondered what happens to dead penguins, then read on. In this article, we are going to discuss what happens when penguins die on ice or in water. Whether they are killed by predators or they die because of natural reasons, or because of adverse weather conditions – penguin bodies ultimately become a part of the natural cycle if they are consumed by other animals or they decompose into the earth.Continue reading
When you look up the biological classification of a penguin, you will observe that they are classified as marine birds. But how are penguins different from other birds? Well, there are many ways in which penguins share their physical characteristics with other birds. But at the same time, penguins are different from birds in many ways. These differences don’t mean that penguins are not birds, they are simply birds of a different kind and their habitat and way of living is uncommon for most birds.
In this article, we are going to take a look at some of the ways in which penguins are different from other birds.Continue reading
Penguins live in some of the most inhospitable regions of the world. Even in these regions, penguins have predators in water and on land. Have you ever thought how do penguins protect themselves from predators? Well, penguins have evolved to develop several strategies that give them an advantage against predators that might be looking to hunt the penguins or their chicks.Continue reading
Penguins are flightless aquatic birds. Though they are birds they have much unique behavior from other birds. But as any other birds, penguins kiss using their beaks. The penguins rub their beak on their mates or show their love in the action of preening the feathers. The behavior of kissing amongst penguins is most common among other species of birds.Continue reading
Yes, penguins live in Hawaii. As we all know, penguins are endemic to Southern Hemisphere, where few species of penguins live in temperate regions like South Africa and one species live near the north of the equator called as Galapagos penguins.
Penguins that live in Hawaii are not the natural residents of the region; they have introduced some years back. Many of us will be surprised to know that there are penguins in Hawaii.
Rockhoppers ply the frigid waters using narrow, sharp, flipper-like wings for thrust. They typically stick to the shallows, however, are capable of diving up to 330ft in pursuit of finding their food such as the small crustaceans, fish, squid, and krill.Continue reading