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About Emperor Penguin
The Emperor Penguin is a larger penguin species. It has a black head and back and white breast. It also has white on the underside of its wings. Additionally, it has an orange and yellow patch on each side of the neck, turning to a faded yellow on the throat.
Emperor penguins have black feet, and a black with pink or lilac bill. Their eyes are usually dark brown.

Breeding: They breed in the winter, usually on the sea ice. They don't build a nest. A male will incubate the egg on his feet under a fold of skin until it hatches after 60-66 days. The female then comes back from sea and takes over the chick and feeds it on regurgitated fish while the male goes out to sea to eat. The Emperor is the biggest of the seabirds. It has thick fat layers and dense plumage. This helps to conserve heat in the cold, cold Antarctic winter, helping it to survive the coldest climate on our earth. Emperor penguins catch krill swimming beneath ice, but they like fish more. With their flipper-like wings,they are able to chase fish and catch them one by one. Emperor penguins can dive down to a depth of 850 ft (250mm) or more and have been recorded as deep as 1,750 feet (533m) below the surface. Although most of these birds breed on sea ice, the breeding sites are far from open water. The birds have been known to walk 125 miles (200m) or more to reach their breeding grounds. This makes it very hard for short incubation shifts. So once the female has laid the egg, she goes to sea while the male does all the incubation, in temperatures that are as low as -15 degrees F (-26 C). And since the males can't go out to sea, they will lose up to 45 percent of their body weight over the incubation period.


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Emperor Penguin
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