The Emperor Penguins are the tallest and heaviest of all penguins. Females and males are similar in plumage size reaching 122cm tall and from 22-45kg in weight. They have a thick layer of fat and feathers. Emperor Penguins are black and white with a yellow ring around their neck, but in summer their black feathers will fade to a light brown which is in the months November to February.
Defence / offence
Breeding / lifestyle
Emperor Penguins are the only anuimal that breeds during the Antarctic winter. They have unique social featurs such as sharing parental duties (very closely). Their breeding season starts in Autumn (April) when the ice is thick enough to support thousands of Penguins. The males keep the single egg on their feet warm and toasty ( about 38 degrees celcius) When the males has the egg the female is usually out searching for food in the sea for itself and the baby. When the chick is old enough, the parent can return to the colony with their chick, or the parent can leave the colony and their chick to get some distance.