Not satisfied with the penguin facts we gave earlier? Very well then! Here is another list of penguin fun facts that you can enjoy or perhaps use for your school project. In this list, you will find facts like the official name of their practice of sliding on their stomach, abduction of unrelated chicks by mother Emperor Penguins, feather density and more. So, are you ready? Let’s begin…
Penguin Fun Facts: 1-5
1. Penguins can control the flow of blood to their wings, webbed feet etc. In this way, it allows only little amount of its blood to get cold. They do see to it that the extremities of their bodies don’t get frozen.
2. Penguins can happily live in salt water without any problem because of the presence of “supraorbital gland” that kind-of sieves the salt from the blood.
3. They excrete the salts through their beaks or they sneeze those salts out!
4. Emperor penguin fasts for around 115 days and hence it is considered as longest-fasting member of the birds’ family. It starves itself when it incubates the egg in brood pouch.
5. One penguin out of 50,000 penguins is born with lighter pigmentation feathers. This kind of penguins are called as “Isabelline Penguins”. Isabelline is albinism but only partial. This isabellinism is found in 13 out of 17 different penguin species that live today.
Penguin Fun Facts: 6-10
6. Some of the species of penguins which show isabellinism are King Penguin (Aptenodytes patagonica); Yellow-Eyed Penguin (Megadyptes antipodes); Addie Penguin (Pygoscelis adelie); Gentoo Penguin (P. papua); Chinstrap Penguin (P. antarctica) etc.
7. These penguins that have isabellinism tend to live for very few years than the normal penguins because they can’t camouflage and hence are more easily visible to predators. They don’t even mate that much to keep the isablelline penguins going.
8. Most of the penguins are found in Antarctica, South Africa, New Zealand, Chili, etc.
9. You often see penguins sliding on their stomachs on ice, snow etc. This sliding is called “tobogganing”. Scientists assume that the penguins derive fun out of this activity with an added bonus of fast way to travel.
10. Young chicks of penguins’ group are known as “crèche”. When the penguins’ group is in water, it is called “raft” and when they are on land, they are called “waddle”.