- Penguin Species
There is some debate out there when it comes to the various species of penguins. Many experts will tell you that there are only 17 of them. Others believe that there are 18 of them.
- African Penguin
The Southern coast of Africa is where you will find the majority of the African Penguins. There are 24 known colonies of them around this continent.
- Emperor Penguin
The largest of all penguins is known as the Emperor Penguin. The males and females are hard to distinguish as they are very similar is physical size.
- Adelie Penguin
The Adelie Penguin is one that often looks quite overweight. It is short but wide which tends to give it that appearance
- King Penguin
The King Penguin is very large compared to other species. It is the second largest of them all. Full grown, they can be up to three feet tall and weigh up to 35 pounds.
- Galapagos Penguin
Classified as one of the smaller species of penguins, the Galapagos are quite interesting. They aren’t more than 5 pounds when fully grown or taller than 20 inches.
- Humboldt Penguin
This is an average sized penguin with a full grown weight of no more than 13 pounds. When they mature they will develop a black breast band.
- Macaroni Penguin
You will be able to tell Macaroni Penguins from other species due to the colors of the feathers on top of their heads. They are yellow and black and very dark in color.
- Little Blue Penguin
The Little Blue Penguin is one quite small compared to other species. In fact, it is due to this small size that it is also referred to as the Fairy Penguin.
- Rockhopper Penguin
With some very colorful feathers on their heads, it is hard to mistake the Rockhopper Penguin for anything else.