Essay on Penguins – Birds that Cannot Fly

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Penguins – Birds that Cannot Fly

Penguins are one of my favorite species of birds. They look like a bunch of men in tuxedos at the beach. Although they are considered birds, none of them are capable of flying. They live in climates and locations that range from the warm Equator to the freezing Antarctic. Penguins are so cool that they have become the stars of many television commercials. Of the seventeen species, it is the Emperor penguin that is the most interesting penguin. After all, how many fathers can go without food for two months, so that they can protect their off-spring twenty four hours a day?

All penguins are found in the Southern Hemisphere and are flightless seabirds. While many people associate penguins with the cold
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Penguins feed off of small sea life forms, including fish, crustaceans, and cuttlefish. Surprisingly, in captivity, the King and Emperor penguins usually have to be fed by hand, because they do not learn how to pick up their own food (Pete & Barbara's Penguin Page).

Most penguins can be found in captivity throughout the world. The Emperor and Adelie penguins, however, are only found in a few locations. Because they live exclusively in the Antarctic, only places such as Sea World keep them in captivity. The Sea World Parks have constructed special buildings in which the penguin's complete habitat has been simulated, i.e. air temperature, icy surfaces, and cold water. Sea World puts the penguins in a considerably more realistic environment than the usual zoo exhibit, which consists of a cold water pool constructed in an outdoor setting, in a city such as Cleveland or Miami.

The breeding and/or nesting habits of penguins vary from one species to the next. Like other birds, penguins gather in flocks. Unlike most birds, however, penguins also nest in flocks. These gatherings are referred to as rookeries, can consist of several species of penguins, and may contain hundreds of thousands of these intriguing birds.

As I mentioned in the first paragraph, the Emperor penguin is the most interesting of all penguin species. I have previously discussed some of the reasons. It is, however, the nesting behavior of the Emperor penguin that makes it the favorite

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