Adelie penguin
Adelie Penguin

Adelie Penguin
Adelie Penguin
Photographer:  Samuel Blanc

Adelie Penguins

Adelie penguins are the smallest of the Antarctic penguins.  One way to distinguish them from the other penguins is by their all black head and the white ring around their eye.

Adelie penguins were named after the wife of a French explorer in the 1830s.  They are about 2 feet tall and weigh 8 or 9 pounds.  Their diet is mainly fish.

Adelies build their nests of stones on the rocky beaches of Antarctica, jealously guarding and often fighting over the best rocks.

There are over 2.5 million breeding pairs living in Antarctica.  They live in groups of about 10,000 birds.

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