Emperor Penguins

Appearance

Emperor Penguins are black with a white stomach and a small orange mark on their neck. As they are birds, they have wings, which they can not use to fly, they also have a small, black tail and a black beak.

Young penguins are grey, silver and black with a white stomach. They also have tiny, black feet and beak.

Diet

Emperor Penguins eat fish, krill and squid. But during the breeding season (which is in Winter) the female must walk more then 70 miles to feed herself, and as the child will be born by the time she gets back, give some of it to her child. While she is gone the male coughs up a substance for the child, and when she returns, after up to 120 day, he leaves for food.

Predators

The penguins do not have many predators. The seal is one form of their predators, the most common being the Leopard Seal, waiting to strike when they come in the water for food, which is why some penguin soon-to-be mothers never return. Large birds are also a threat, but only to the chicks, when the chicks are old enough to walk, then walk around in large groups a bit away from the adults, giving the birds a chance to strike at any moment.

Reproduction

The penguins must breed where the ice is thickest, so a long journey awaits them, to find a mate. after the female lays the egg, she has to go find food, for herself and the child, so the male must protect child at freezing temeratures, and must huddle together to stay warm. If the mother doesnt come back, the male must leave the child, but if she returns, she looks after the child while the male goes to find food. Sometimes the young couples are also too rushed for the child, and must watch the ice claim the egg. The child sits on its parents feet for 1000 steps, then takes its first steps.

Habitat

Emperor Penguins are found in ice slopes, which are found in Antarctica.

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