Adelie Penguin

About the Adelie Penguin

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.

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Details & Statistics

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Hatched on 29 June 2009
Scientific Name
Pygoscelis adeliae
  • Sphenisciformes
  • Spheniscidae
  • Pygoscelis
  • P. adeliae
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Conservation Status
Near Threatened (as of 7 April 2020)
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
Units: Imperial / Metric
18 to 30 inches
137 to 205 inches


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.

International Names

Chinese (汉语) 阿德利企鹅
Czech (Cesky) Tučňák Kroužkový
Danish (Dansk) Adeliepingvin
Dutch (Nederlands) Adélie-pinguïn
Finnish (Suomi) Jääpingviini
French (Français) Manchot d'Adélie
German (Deutsch) Adeliepinguin
Italian (Italiano) Pinguino di Adelia
Japanese (日本語) アデリアペンギン (Aderi-pengin)
Norwegian (Norsk) Adelepingvin
Polish (Polski) Pingwin Bialooki
Russian (русский язык) пингвин Адели
Spanish (Español) Pingüino de Adelia
Swedish (Svenska) Adeliepingvin
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