Science Fact of the Week: All About Penguins

16 12 2008

penguin3When I think of winter, I think of the penguin, a bird that can survive in very cold conditions! Penguins are different from most birds. Here are some interesting facts that you may not know about penguins:

Did you know that male Emperor Penguins help to take care of eggs before they hatch? This penguin will balance an egg on his feet for a long amount of time and will cover the egg with his belly to keep the egg warm! Large groups of male penguins also huddle together and generate body warmth to keep all the eggs warm!

Did you know that penguins can’t fly? Although penguins have wings, the wings act more as flippers. Penguins use their wings to help them swim and dive underwater instead of for flying!

Did you know that there are 17 different types of penguins? These different types of penguins vary in size, appearance, and behavior. Emperor Penguins can grow up to four feet tall while Little Blue Penguins are only about a foot tall. And while most penguins live in areas that have a cold climate, some penguins live where it is very warm! The Humboldt Penguin lives in South America and The African Penguin lives in- you guessed it- Africa!

To test your penguin knowledge and to learn more about penguins take this Penguin Quiz on the Discovery Kids Website!

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