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Adelie Penguin
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Clade: Aequorlitornithes
Clade: Ardeae
Clade: Aequornithes
Clade: Austrodyptornithes
Family: Spheniscidae
Genus: Pygoscelis
Species: P. adeliae
Binomial name
Pygoscelis adeliae
(Hombron & Jacquinot, 1841)

The Adelie Penguin, Pygoscelis adeliae is a species of penguin.

Other names[]

None known. However, it can be spelt Adélie Penguin as well.


It is the smallest Antarctic penguin.[2] It has a black back and head with white eyerings, belly and breast.[2] It also has a reddish-black bill and pink feet.

Similar species[]

The Chinstrap is similar, but with a black line around its chin and a black bill. The Gentoo has a white head patch above its eyes and an orange bill.


It is often seen on top of ice floes.[2] It shoots through the air to dive and then surfaces again, like a porpoise.[2]


It feeds on krill and sometimes fish.[3]


Call and song sounds like a grunting laugh.


Nest is a low heap of pebbles, collected by the male.[3]



  1. ^ BirdLife International (2012). "Pygoscelis adeliae". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 26 November 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c d Frances, Peter; et al. (2007). Bird: The Definitive Visual Guide. Dorling Kindersley Inc. ISBN 1564582957. 
  3. ^ a b Harrison, Colin and Greensmith, Alan (1993). Birds of the World. Dorling Kindersley Inc. ISBN 1564582965. 

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