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#5416 King Penguins - Antwerp Zoo (Belgium)

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King Penguins at Antwerp Zoo, also known as Zoo Antwerpen or Zoo d'Anvers (Belgium)

The King Penguin is a large species of penguin, second only to the Emperor Penguin in size. King Penguins eat small fish, mainly lanternfish, squid and krill. On foraging trips King Penguins repeatedly dive to over 100 metres (300 ft), and have been recorded at depths greater than 300 metres (1,000 ft). King Penguins breed on the subantarctic islands at the northern reaches of Antarctica, South Georgia, and other temperate islands of the region. At first glance, the King Penguin appears very similar to the closely related Emperor Penguin, with a broad cheek patch contrasting with surrounding dark feathers and yellow-orange plumage at the top of the chest. However, the cheek patch of the adult King Penguin is a solid bright orange whereas that of the Emperor Penguin is yellow and white, and the upper chest tends to be more orange and less yellowish in the King species. Both have colourful markings along the side of their lower mandible, but these tend towards pink in Emperor Penguin and orange in King Penguin. Emperor and King Penguins typically do not inhabit the same areas in the wild, with the possible exception of vagrants at sea, but the King can readily be distinguished by being noticeably sleeker, with a longer, straighter bill than the Emperor.

Matthijs van Wageningen
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