Adelie penguins are a common species of penguin although with global warming causing a reduction in sea ice the population has dropped by 65% in the last 25 years. They live alongside many other species of penguins and are one of the most southerly distributed of all seabirds. This article will take a look at the habitat of Adelie penguins as well as some interesting facts about these amazing little creatures.
Where do Adelie penguins live
Antarctica is only continent on the earth where Adelie penguins live. There are 38 separate colonies of Adelie penguins at different sites on the continent with one of the largest being on Ross Island which has over half a million penguins in it.
Interesting facts about Adelie penguins
- The French Explorer Jules Dumont d’Urville named the penguins after his wife Adélie.
- They are smaller than many of the other penguin species and only grow up to about 75 cm (30 inches) in length.
- They can swim up to 45 miles per hour (approximately 72 km/h).
- Breeding takes place in the warmest months. Their nests are made of stones that are piled together. The parents take turns to incubate the egg while the other heads out to feed.
- They feed on krill, silverfish and squid.
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