King Penguin

About the King Penguin

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.
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Details & Statistics

Added to Birdorable
Hatched on 24 December 2020
Scientific Name
Aptenodytes patagonicus
  • Sphenisciformes
  • Spheniscidae
  • Aptenodytes
  • A. patagonicus
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Measurements
Units: Imperial / Metric
37 to 37.4 inches
317 to 529 ounces

International Names

Brazilian (Português brasileiro) pinguim-rei
Chinese (汉语) 王企鹅
Czech (Cesky) tučňák patagonský
Danish (Dansk) Kongepingvin
Dutch (Nederlands) Koningspinguïn
Finnish (Suomi) kuningaspingviini
French (Français) Manchot royal
German (Deutsch) Königspinguin
Italian (Italiano) Pinguino reale
Japanese (日本語) オウサマペンギン (ousamapengin)
Norwegian (Norsk) Kongepingvin
Polish (Polski) pingwin królewski
Portuguese (Português) Pingüim-rei
Russian (русский язык) Королевский пингвин
Spanish (Español) Pingüino Rey
Swedish (Svenska) kungspingvin
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