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Friday, February 5, 2010

Chinstrap Penguins Pictures, Wallpapers, Penguins Photos

Chinstrap Penguins live in Antarctica. They eat fish, krill and shrimp. They are hunted by orcas. Then try to push one off to see if it is safe. This post contains Chinstrap Penguins Facts and Pictures, Wallpapers for your desktop Backgrounds.

Chinstrap Penguin Facts :

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Sphenisciformes
Family: Spheniscidae
Genus: Pygoscelis
Chinstrap Penguins :

Colour: Black, White, Grey
Skin Type: Feathers
Favourite Food: Krill
Habitat: Rocky Antarctic Islands
Average Litter Size: 2
Main Prey: Krill, Fish, Shrimp
Predators: Leopard Seal, Killer Whale, Sea Birds
Special Features: White face and thin, black line that runs under the chin
Chinstrap Penguins :
Scientific Name: Pygoscelis Antarcticus
Type: Bird
Diet: Carnivore
Size: 60-68cm (24-27in)
Weight: 3-6kg (6.6-13lbs)
Life Span: 15-20 years
Lifestyle: Colony
Conservation Status: Least Concern

Chinstrap Penguin PhotoChinstrap Penguin Photo

The warming temperatures have been temporarily beneficial for Chinstrap penguins, which breed and nest on land with no ice or snow.

The Emperor PenguinThe Emperor Penguin

The Emperor, the largest and most recognizable of the penguin species, is thought to be the most vulnerable of all life in Antarctica. According to the World Wildlife Federation, the overall rise in temperatures is melting sea ice and dramatically reducing the scope of the penguins habitat.

Sharing the Warmth ImageSharing the Warmth Image

The Emperors huddle together to protect themselves from the extreme cold of Antarctica. Scientists warn that global warming could put the magnificent birds at the risk of extinction by the end of the next century.

Gentoo Penguin PicsGentoo Penguin Pics

Much like the Chinstrap, the Gentoo birds guard their eggs in shifts and prefer slightly warmer temperatures. In the last few decades, their numbers have been on the decline.

Gaggle PictureGaggle Picture

A King Penguin stands among a large number of chicks in the Southern Ocean. The time that the penguins devote to searching for food, research suggests, takes away from the time they spend feeding their chicks.

Frosty ChicksFrosty Chicks

The male Emperor Penguin famously guards the egg on its feet in blizzards and temperatures as low as -49c until it hatches. A 2009 report of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences argues that the early break-up of the winter sea ice that supports the colony may contribute to low breeding success.


Adélie Penguins require dry land for breeding grounds and stone pebbles for creating nests, but their greater survival depends on the presence of sea ice.

Chilly WillyChilly Willy

The warmer temperatures have forced the Chinstraps further south, which is putting them in competition with Emperors and Adélies for food.

Penguins, As Far as the Eye Can SeePenguins, As Far as the Eye Can See

Male and female Chinstraps guard their eggs, which come in pairs, in shifts; one protects the nest while the other fishes for up to eight days. The colony at Zavodovski Island in the Antarctic is the worlds largest Chinstrap breeding ground.

Penguins Out for a SwimPenguins Out for a Swim

Much like the larger Emperors, King Penguins rely on Krill and small crustaceans for food, but an increase in surface ocean temperatures is reducing the supply in the winter months.

Frozen? PenguinsFrozen? Penguins

With their food source under threat and their habitat evaporating, Emperor, Adelie, King, Chinstrap and Gentoo Penguins all share Antarcticas uncertain future.

Chinstrap Penguins PictureChinstrap Penguins Picture

Chinstrap Baby Penguins PhotoChinstrap Baby Penguins Photo

Penguins - Chinstrap Penguin GroupPenguins - Chinstrap Penguin Group

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The Adelie PenguinThe Adelie Penguin

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