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King Penguins

We saw King Penguins only at Volunteer Point on East Falkland Island.

Volunteer Point

King Penguins walking on Volunteer Beach King Penguins were the largest species of penguin that we saw on our expedition. They are much more colorful than the other species. They have an orange spot on each side of their head and an orange bib.

King Penguins at Volunteer Point There are several hundred breeding pairs standing on a large patch of bare earth at the King Penguin rookery. Nearby there are large colonies of Gentoo penguins.

King Penguins at Volunteer Point Many of the adult penguins are brooding eggs. Each holds its large brown-spotted egg on its feet, covered by a large flap of belly skin and feathers. The ground is nearly coated with white penguin feathers.

King Penguin at Volunteer Point The back feathers of the adult King Penguins are silvery gray, not as dark black as other penguins.

Juvenile King Penguin at Volunteer Point The backs of Juvenile King Penguins are blacker, not as silver as the adults' backs. Their head spots are a pale yellow, rather than the intense orange of the adult's. They are nearly as tall as the adults and actually a bit more rotund, with better fat reserves.

King Penguins at Volunteer Point Standing guard duty.

King Penguin egg at Volunteer Point There are a few abandoned eggs lying on the bare earth. Once a penguin drops its egg, it usually cannot get it back up on its feet.

Juvenile King Penguin at Volunteer Point The chicks eventually molt, losing their downy coat in clumps.

King Penguins at Volunteer Point Penguins without a mate hang around the edges of the colony, standing in small groups.


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King Penguins at Volunteer Point They make frequent mating displays, pointing their beak straight up, flapping their outstretched wings, and belting out their penguin song.

Hear the sound Hear the King Penguins.

Other unattached males frequently join in the raucous display, leading to a chorus of loud calling by groups of a half-dozen or more. The chorus of mating calls is nearly continuous.

Sheep grazing near King Penguins at Volunteer Point Sheep graze just a few yards from the penguin rookeries.

King Penguins are described on the Falklands Conservation Penguin Page.

Link to the Penguin Page description of King Penguins .

Table of Contents Penguin index page.



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