The Adelie Penguin is a common penguin in Antarctica, with 38 colonies and over 5 million of them in the Ross Sea region. It was named by French explorer Jules Dumont d'Urville after his wife, Adélie. These cute penguins are very social and nest in huge groups. They are about 28 inches tall and they can be recognized by their long tail, white eye ring and red bill.
From IUCN Red List: The Adelie Penguin is listed as Near Threatened
on the IUCN Red List and was last assessed in 2012 by BirdLife International. This species has been uplisted to Near Threatened because it is expected to undergo a moderately rapid population decline over the next three generations owing to the effects of projected climate change. It should be noted, however, that there are considerable uncertainties over future climatic changes and how they will impact the species.
Today is Penguin Awareness Day! This commemorative day is always celebrated on January 20th, though the origins of the holiday are unclear. What is very clear is that these special charismatic birds ... more
Here are some fun facts about Adélie Penguins:
The Adélie Penguin is the smallest species of penguin to be found in the Antarctic;
Adélie Penguins breed and raise their young farther south than any ... more