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The second largest penguin, the king penguin spends most of its time at sea, coming ashore only during the breeding season. Like other penguins, the king penguin cannot fly in the air. However, its streamlined body and paddle-like wings enable it to swim underwater faster than many birds can fly.

king penguins walking during penguin parade

Did You Know?

Full of Feathers:With about 70 feathers per square inch, penguins have more feathers than most other birds.

Quick Facts

Latin Name:
Aptenodytes patagonius

Sub-Antarctic islands

25 years

Zoo Location:
Birds of the World

Squid, crustaceans, and fish