Top Ten Facts About Penguins

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1 There are about 17 species of Penguins and 13 are endangered and some are on the brink of extinction.
2 Penguins are very social birds and they swim and feed together.
3 Penguin parents both male and female care for their young for several months until the chicks are strong enough to hunt for food on their own
4 Emperor Penguins are the tallest species, standing nearly 4 feet tall. The smallest is the Little Blue Penguin, which is only about 16 inches
5 If a female Emperor Penguin's baby dies, she will often kidnap an unrelated chick.
6 Since Penguins aren't used to predators on land, Penguins don't exhibit particular fear around human tourists.
7 Penguins swallow stones and pebbles along with their food. Its believed that stones help to grind and digest their food. It also adds to their weight and ability to dive deeper into water.
8 Birds have excellent hearing and they find each other in huge crowds by listening to each other's voices
9 Penguins have spines on the roof of their beak to have a good grip of wiggling prey. Penguins even have spines on their tongues.
10 Penguins spend several hours of the day caring for their feathers and doing so would make them waterproof.

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11 Because they aren't used to danger from animals on solid ground, wild penguins exhibit no particular fear of human tourists.
12 Male and female penguins look alike (No sexual dimorphism)
13 Penguins have excellent hearing and wait for distinct calls to identify their mates on crowded breeding grounds.
14 Penguins can stay underwater for 10-15 minutes before coming to the surface to breathe. Penguins cannot breath underwater.
15 Many penguins will mate with the same member of the opposite sex season after season.
16 Just like dolphins, they can propel themselves up to 7 feet out of water.
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1. There are about 17 species of Penguins and 13 are endangered and some are on the brink of extinction.
2. Penguin parents both male and female care for their young for several months until the chicks are strong enough to hunt for food on their own
3. Emperor Penguins are the tallest species, standing nearly 4 feet tall. The smallest is the Little Blue Penguin, which is only about 16 inches
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