Oct 132012
 

Penguin here.

Today will be our last post about penguins.

Emperor penguins are the largest species of penguin and King penguins rank second. You may be wondering what the differences between King and Emperor penguins are. For one, Emperor penguins are larger; they can weigh anywhere between 22 to 45 kg (49 to 99 lbs) whereas the King Penguin ranges between 11 to 16 kg (24 to 35 lbs), according to Wikipedia’s Emperor Penguin and King penguin articles.

Emperor penguins, which live in Antarctica, are the only species of penguin to breed in the Antarctic winter, travelling to breeding colonies and laying a single egg, which the male proceeds to incubate as the female returns to sea to fetch food. Both parents take turns incubating the egg and fetching food.

An interesting tidbit about King penguins is that they are serially monogamous. In other words, they choose a mate for a whole year, and then usually choose a new mate the following year.

You can read about all this interesting stuff and lots more in the Wikipedia articles mentioned above.

Here is a diagram illustrating some differences between them:

Emperor versus King Penguin

Emperor versus King Penguin

Now here’s a goofy picture of a King penguin surrounded by a bunch of chicks:

Adult King Penguin Surrounded by Chicks

Someone certainly stands out!

Here is a picture of an Emperor penguin with a bunch of chicks:

Emperor Penguin with Chicks

Emperor Penguin with Chicks

Emperor vs King Penguin Diagram Found here: Sparklette
King Penguin with Chicks Found here: TravelWild Expeditions
Emperor Penguin with Chicks Found here: National Geographic