The King Penguin is the second largest species of penguin after the Emperor Penguin. These large flightless birds are found in and around Antarctica. They feed on a variety of small aquatic animals, including fish, krill, and squid. They plunge under the water to find food, where they can dive to depths of over 300 feet and may remain submerged for five minutes or longer.
King Penguins can be recognized by their black and white “tuxedo” body plumage, their orange and black bills, and the large golden-orange patch of feathers at the rear of the head.
These birds breed communally in large groups. The unusual breeding and chick-rearing strategy of King Penguins leaves young chicks to fast for over 4 months, huddled together in large creches to survive the winter without the protection of adults.