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The King Penguin

The King Penguin (Aptenodytes patagonicus) is the second largest species of penguin at about 900 mm (3 ft) tall and weighing 11 to 15 kg (24 to 33 lb), second only to the Emperor Penguin. There is a world population of approximately four million King Penguins, divided into two subspecies (A. p. patagonicus and A. p. halli).

King penguins eat small fish, krill, crustaceans and squid. They feed in groups and, like many large penguins, are able to stay underwater for extended periods.

They may be found in the northern reaches of Antarctica, as well as Tierra del Fuego, the Falklands, and other temperate islands of the region.

King Penguin Scientific Classification

> Kingdom: Animalia
> Phylum: Chordata
> Class: Aves
> Order: Sphenisciformes
> Family: Spheniscidae
> Genus: Aptenodytes
> Species: A. patagonicus

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