Baby penguins are referred to as chicks. A group of penguin chicks is known as a crèche, which is the French word for crib.Know More
Adult penguins only recognize their own baby chicks. Parents can tell the chicks apart based on a unique call that every chick has, according to SeaWorld. The chicks are fed regurgitated food until their feathery down is replaced with waterproof feathers.
Some species of penguins allow older chicks to gather together in crèches for protection from would-be predators. As of 2014, there are 17 species of penguins in the world, according to the Tennessee Aquarium. All of these species live south of the equator.Learn more about Penguins
Male and female penguins breed, and then the female penguin lays an egg. Most species of penguins generally choose one mate for life.Full Answer >
Penguins move by shuffling their feet from side to side when on land and by using their flippers, tails and a bubble mechanism to swim in the water. The speed of the penguin in both walking and swimming will depend on the species of penguin as well as the size of the penguin.Full Answer >
According to Falklands Conservation, penguins can swim at speeds of up to 17 mph; however, they normally average between 9 and 15 mph. Penguins can also dive further and swim faster than any other bird.Full Answer >
Penguins are endangered because of large-scale fishing operations that diminish their food supply, poachers who steal their eggs and kill adults for their oil, and oil spills that pollute their environment and kill thousands of penguins at once. Penguin populations are also threatened by climate change as the sea ice melts, removing their feeding areas and breeding grounds.Full Answer >