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How big are penguins?

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Adult emperor penguins, the largest penguin species, stand at an average of 45 inches in height and weigh 88 pounds. These flightless birds are exclusive to the Antarctic ice and surrounding waters.

Penguins-World.com considers the emperor penguin to be the most beautiful all of the penguin species. The emperor penguin bears a white front and black back with splashes of orange and yellow at the breast region and ears. Surviving an average of 15 to 20 years in the wild, the penguins are able to survive the harsh weather conditions by huddling in large groups, known as colonies, to conserve warmth and escape from the wind.

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    What is a group of penguins called?

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    The name for a group of penguins varies based on whether the penguins being described are on land or at sea. "Rookery," "waddle" or "colony" are all three terms that are used in reference to a group of penguins on land, while a group of penguins floating at sea is referred to as a "raft."

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    How do penguins survive?

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    Penguins are specially adapted to survive and thrive in cold climates, thanks to features that keep them warm,  including a layer of fat and feathers, special adaptations in the nasal passages to recycle heat lost during breathing and huddling behaviors that allow them to enjoy heat from other penguins. The penguins' feet are covered in feathers and fat that ensure that they can stand on ice without their feet being affected by hypothermia.

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    How long can penguins stay underwater?

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    According to information from the Antarctica government, the Emperor penguin is capable of a 22-minute underwater stay, up to a depth of 984 feet. The length of a typical stay is three to six minutes.

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    Where do emperor penguins live?

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    Emperor penguins live on the continent of Antarctica, forming colonies on the massive pieces of ice. These penguins live along the coast of Antarctica, moving between the ice and the frigid waters.

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