A Complete Guide to Baby Penguins

Baby Penguins are actually, like many other bird species are, called chicks. The chicks stay in their eggs until they are fully developed. The amount of time it takes for chicks to develop varies depending on a number of factors including habitat, weather, species, etc. For example, the Emperor Penguin takes about 65 days of what is called ‘incubation’ before they are ready to hatch. When this happens, they poke a hole in their egg with their beak and then use it to make the hole bigger and bigger until they’ve chipped away enough to get out or hatch. This isn’t fast, this process of chipping can take up to three days.

In terms of looks, much like babies, not all penguin chicks are identical. As a matter of fact, they are very different in appearance, some are bigger than others, some are lighter, some are darker, some are completely different colors. Evidently, the species plays a large role in this as well.

Emperor penguins are completely gray when they are born with an entirely gray plumage which is lost and replaced with black and white as they turn into adults. Some other species are also born gray, others brown, but either way, chicks are born with down feathers which are eventually shed only to be replaced with adult plumage at around one year old.

Chicks learn a lot from their parents and the parents are wise and aware of this, and as such, they remain together, almost like a monogamous couple and teach the chicks all that they need to know to be on their own or to fend for themselves in the wild.

Another interesting thing to know about baby penguins is that it is the male/ the father who feeds the babies while the female leaves to hunt.

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