Physical Characteristics of The Adelie Penguin
This rather small penguin is 60 to 70 cm long and 5 kg in weight.
Distinctive marks are the white ring surrounding the eye and
the feathers at the base of the bill. These long feathers hide
most of the red bill. The tail is a little bit longer than
other penguins' tails.
Adelie Penguin Breeding
Adelie Penguins arrive at their breeding grounds in October.
Their nests consist of stones piled together. The males summon
the females with a low gutteral noise followed by a loud cry.
It is now December, the warmest month in Antarctica (about
-2°C). The parents alternate in periods of incubating the
egg; one goes to feed and the other stays to warm the egg.
The parent who is incubating the egg does not eat. Usually
the adelie penguin lays two eggs which are either brown or
green in color. In March the adults and their young return
to the sea.
This penguin feeds mainly on crustaceans, such as krill, and
Scientific Classification of Adelie Penguins