Penguins are flightless birds well adapted to hunting prey in the waters of Antarctica, Africa, Australia, New Zealand, South America and even as far as the Galapagos Islands. To help conceal themselves from predators such as seals and orca, all penguins are counter-shaded (their bellies are white and backs are dark). In this way, a predator cannot see them when looking up or down upon them.
Penguins range in sizes from only a couple pounds to the 75 lb Emperor Penguin. Most large penguins live in cold regions while smaller relatives live in more temperate areas. Aug 31
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Tuxedoed Swimmer on the Lam After scaling the walls of his enclosure to freedom, a one-year-old Humboldt penguin is on the run/swimafter escaping last Sunday morning. While the crafty escape artist is neither armed nor dangerous, Toyko police are aiding in the hunt for the penguin that scaled a sheer rock face to escape from Tokyo Sea Life Park. The tuxedoed fugitive was last seen swimming in the Old Edogawa river, which runs into Tokyo Bay. Takashi Sugino, an official at Tokyo Sea Life Park, said the 60-centimetre bird appeared to have got itself over a rock wall twice its size and made a run for it."We first noticed the penguin might have fled when the director of a neighbouring zoo e-mailed us Sunday, with a photo," said Sugino.
The black and white Great Auk was a beautiful bird of bizarre proportions. Its ribbed beak was huge and unwieldy, its legs were too short and its stubby wings were far too small to carry its big body into the air. In these regards, the Great Auk’s clumsy appearance rivals that of the Dodo.
A penguin is a type of black and white bird that is the member of the order Sphenisciformes, of the family Spheniscidae which is a group of aquatic, flightless birds found in severe cold climatic conditions such as Antarctica. There are more the 20 different known species of penguins. They have wings which are not meant to fly but for swimming.