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The '''Adelie Penguin''', ''Pygoscelis adeliae'' is a species of penguin. It is the smallest Antarctic penguin <ref name="Bird">{{cite book|author=France, Peter, ''et al.''|year=2007|title=Bird: The Definitive Visual Guide|isbn=1564582957|publisher=Dorling Kindersley Inc.}}</ref>.
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==Other names==
 
==Other names==
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None known. However, it can be spelt Adélie Penguin as well.
   
 
==Description==
 
==Description==
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It has a black back and head with white eyerings, belly and breast <ref name="Bird"/>. It also has a reddish-black bill and pink feet.
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===Similar species===
 
===Similar species===
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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.
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==Behaviour==
 
==Behaviour==
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It is often seen on top of ice floes <ref name="Bird"/>. It shoots through the air to dive and then surfaces again, like a porpoise <ref name="Bird"/>.
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===Diet===
 
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It feeds on krill and sometimes fish <ref name="World">{{cite book|author=Harrison, Colin and Greensmith, Alan|year=1993|title=Birds of the World|isbn=1564582965|publisher=Dorling Kindersley Inc.}}</ref>.
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===Calls===
 
===Calls===
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Call and song sounds like a grunting laugh. [http://www.xeno-canto.org/browse.php?query=or:565.00 Click here to listen to them!]
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===Reproduction===
 
===Reproduction===
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Nest is a low heap of pebbles, collected by the male <ref name="World"/>.
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==Distribution/habitat==
 
==Distribution/habitat==
 
==References==
 
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{{Reflist}}
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==External links==
 
==External links==
   

Revision as of 19:55, March 7, 2011

The Adelie Penguin, Pygoscelis adeliae is a species of penguin. It is the smallest Antarctic penguin [1].

Other names

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

Description

It has a black back and head with white eyerings, belly and breast [1]. 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.

Behaviour

It is often seen on top of ice floes [1]. It shoots through the air to dive and then surfaces again, like a porpoise [1].

Diet

It feeds on krill and sometimes fish [2].

Calls

Call and song sounds like a grunting laugh. Click here to listen to them!

Reproduction

Nest is a low heap of pebbles, collected by the male [2].

Distribution/habitat

References

  1. ^ a b c d France, Peter; et al. (2007). Bird: The Definitive Visual Guide. Dorling Kindersley Inc. ISBN 1564582957. 
  2. ^ a b Harrison, Colin and Greensmith, Alan (1993). Birds of the World. Dorling Kindersley Inc. ISBN 1564582965. 

External links

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