Emperor Penguins in Antarctica - BBC Planet Earth

A chance to see amazing images from deep inside the frozen seas of Antarcica. BBC natural history masterpiece Planet Earth charts the gruelling and heroic winter life of the emperor penguin in almost impossibly cold temperatures.


King Penguin (Aptenodytes patagonicus)

* Family: Spheniscidae,

* Genus: Aptenodytes,

* Species: A. patagonicus,

* Class: Aves,

* Type: Bird,

* Diet: Carnivore,

* Average life span in the wild: 21 years,

* Population: 2 million pairs,

* Location: Barren coasts of the sub-Antarctic islands.

* Size: 30 inches tall,

* Weight: 20 to 30 pounds,

* Diet: Fish and squid,

* Nests: None.

** Kings are unique in that they have an unusually long breeding season. At any one time chicks of various ages are present in the colonies as eggs are laid anytime from November through April.