The Emperor Penguin – the tallest and heaviest penguin

Image Credits: Anne Fröhlich


The Emperor Penguin is the heaviest of all penguin species in Antarctica. They are similar in plumage and size, up to 122 cm in height and weighing up to 45 kg. The dorsal side and head are black and sharply delineated from the white belly, yellow breast and yellow ear patches. Like all penguins it is flightless, with a streamlined body, and wings thickened and compacted into tails for a marine habitat.

Their swimming speed is to be fast in order to catch small fish and other food. You can find them everywhere near the South Pole which is the best place for them to live.

Image Credits: Christopher Michel

They live there because it is covered by the ice and snow and it is very cold in the winter. The temperature is too cold to live for other animals, but the Emperor penguins have lots of feathers so that they can stay warm all day night. They even have small bills, flippers, and strong feet making them live there easily. Their feet have claws so they can hold on the ice.

One special thing about this kind of penguins is that the males are to take care of their chick. And it is not different to some other animals that have similar living style to the Emperor Penguin.

Image Credits: Global Panorama

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