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Meet the King!

Meet the King!

We met the king of Antarctica today! Most people think that all penguins call the South Pole home, but only 8 species live in this harsh environment. Today though we are meeting the King penguins. Sadly they don’t wear crowns.

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King Penguins Fun Facts: 

  • These birds are the 2nd largest penguin species in the world. Do you remember the largest?
  • Kings are easy to spot with their oranges spots on their heads and beaks and chests.
  • Both parents incubate the egg on their feet and brooding pouch, switching the egg every few weeks.
  • These efficient carnivores can dive as deep as 950 feet. More commonly they go around to 164 feet deep.
  • The chicks look very different than the adults. They are fluffy and brown! Scientists first thought they were a separate species when they first saw them.
  • Chicks stay with their parents and the colony for almost a year. This means king penguins only have one to two chicks every two-three years.
  • They are currently listed as Least Concern by the IUCN.

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We love these gregarious birds and their bright orange colorations. They always make us and laugh and of course we always practice our waddling after seeing them.

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WORLD PENGUIN DAY!!

WORLD PENGUIN DAY!!

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 We just love these flightless birds! Edmond was so inspired to by penguins he wrote a poem for them on World Penguin Day! You can check out last year’s post with fun drawings here!  Ellie drew a wonderful penguin coloring sheet too! Make sure to check out our Instagram account (@ellieandedmond) for our How to Draw a Penguin video too!

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Penguins

by Edmond Horse

Penguins! We love you for your formal attire; even though you aren’t great fliers!

Penguins! We love the way you waddle; you have no time to dawdle!

Penguins! We love your little hidden knees! We wish we could see them- pretty please?

Penguins! We love that you sneeze salt; this adaptation we exalt!

Penguins! We love that you are big fish eaters and you can dive many meters!

Penguins! We love the largest of your species; those Emperors live where it freezes!

Penguins! We love it when your feathers molt, it’s as if they all revolt!

Penguins, penguins, penguins so many reasons to love you and these have been just a few!

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WORLD PENGUIN DAY!!

WORLD PENGUIN DAY!

Happy World Penguin Day! We’re celebrating our favorite flightless ocean going birds today with some great fun facts!

 

Penguins sneeze out excess salt!

Penguins sneeze out excess salt!

All penguins live in the southern hemisphere!

All penguins live in the southern hemisphere!

Gentoo penguins can swim up to 22 mph! The fastest swimmers amongst all penguins!

Gentoo penguins can swim up to 22 mph! The fastest swimmers amongst all penguins!

The oldest penguin fossil was found in New Zealand. It was 62 million years old.

The oldest penguin fossil was found in New Zealand. It was 62 million years old.

Penguins do have knees :)!

Penguins do have knees :)!

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PENGUIN APPRECIATION DAY!!!

PENGUINS APPRECIATION DAY!!!

We’re celebrating everyone’s favorite flightless bird with two coloring sheets!

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rock hopper coloring sheet

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WORLD PENGUIN DAY!!

WORLD PENGUIN DAY!!!

We’re celebrating World Penguin Day with some fun facts and picture about the fabulous flightless birds! We’re wearing our orange tufts to look like Macaroni Penguins, our favorites!

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  • There are 18 species of penguins in the world.
  • All penguins live in the Southern Hemisphere.
  • Only 8 species of penguins actually live in cold climates.

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  • The Emperor Penguin is the largest species.
  • The Fairy Penguin is the smallest species.
  • Penguins live in colonies.
  • Penguins are marine birds. They spend 75% of their life at sea.

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  • Penguins have up to 70 feathers per square inch.
  • Penguins have excellent hearing.
  • Emperor Penguins can stay under water for up to 15 minutes.

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  • Fossilized penguins have been found that are 58 million years old.
  • Penguins do not have teeth. They have barbs on their tongue and throat.
  • Penguin wings are called flippers.

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Tell us why you love penguins!!

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JANUARY CRAFT!

JANUARY CRAFT

We’re starting off our monthly craft feature with a penguin coloring sheet. It is an original Ellie drawing! We know penguins are black and white, but we want to see them in color and glitter :)!

Download and print this penguin trio and then show us your best stuff! As always we love it when you share your artwork with us on Facebook or Twitter!

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PENGUIN WEEK DAY # 2

PENGUIN WEEK DAY #2

For day two of Penguin Week we’re going South America! That’s right; we’re going to the temperate climates of South America to meet one cute little bird! Are you ready for today’s adventure?

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MEET THE HUMBOLDT PENGUIN!

humboldt penguin   Range/Habitat: Western South America/ coasts-oceans

   Diet: Carnivore: anchovies, sardines

   Length/Weight: 22-26”/10-11 lb

   Conservation Status: vulnerable

 

 

 

Fun Facts:

  • Humboldt penguins were named after a cold weather current that goes in their habitat.
  • They have a black u shaped stripe on their chest.
  • Humboldt penguins have pink faces at the base of their beaks.
  • Humboldt penguins nest in underground burrows.
  • They form monogamous pairs.

Humboldt penguins are adorable! It’s so cool that they live in rocky outcrops on the coasts and not on an icy continent!

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DADS WEEK DAY # 4

DAD’S WEEK DAY #4

We’ve already made it to Day 4 of Dads week can you believe it? So far we’ve met some awesome dads, all of whom live in a tropical or warm habitat, but not today! We’re putting on the parkas, big boots and snow shoes to meet today’s feathery dad! Talk about enduring the elements, these South Pole residents sure live in a harsh climate! Are you ready to go?

MEET THE EMPEROR PENGUIN!

   Range/Habitat: Antarctica, coastline and oceans

   Diet: Carnivore: fish

   Length/Weight: up to 3 ½ ft/ up to 82 lbs

   Conservation Status: common

 

 

 

 

 

Fun Facts:

  • Emperor Penguins are the largest of all penguin species.
  • They breed in the winter.
  • Female Emperor Penguins lay their eggs and immediately give them to the males.
  • Male Emperor Penguins then carry the eggs on their feet and cover them with a pouch of skin to keep them warm.
  • Females return to the sea to eat while the males incubate the egg.
  • Male Emperor Penguins fast for around 65 days while they incubate the egg.
  • They huddle together in the harsh conditions to keep warm. The penguins rotate in the center of the huddle to get warm.

Emperor Penguins are fantastic birds! These dads go through a very harsh winter with eggs on their feet to ensure that their chicks are safe! We are very impressed by these birds! What about you?

 

 

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WORLD PENGUIN DAY!

HAPPY WORLD PENGUIN DAY!!!!

We’ll be posting fun facts on Twitter (@EllieandEdmond) and on Facebook today https://www.facebook.com/pages/Ellie-and-Edmond/254090144618348, but we wanted to leave our blog readers with some fun picture of penguins!

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An Emperor Penguin & chick!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rockhopper!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chinstrap!

Penguins on the beach in South Africa!

 

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