KING PENGUIN FACTS
The King Penguin is the second largest penguin (after the Emperor Penguin), and the largest penguin recorded in Australia. The head is black, back is grey and chest is white. The back of the head has a yellow tear-shaped mark. Bill has pink at base. Chicks have a thick brown downy coat and develop adult plumage after about 2 years. The Emperor Penguin is similar, but larger in size, and has paler marking on the neck.
oceans, sub-Antarctic islands
fish, squid, crustaceans
Lays a single white egg about 10cm in length. The adult birds take turns incubating the egg which hatches after about 55 days.
Breeds on sub-Antarctic islands including Macquarie Island and Heard Island. Has been recorded as a vagrant on coast of Tasmania and Victoria
Map is from Atlas of Living Australia website at http://biocache.ala.org.au licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Australia License
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Relatives in same Genus
Emperor Penguin (A. forsteri)