Kingdom Animalia Phylum Chordata Class Aves Order Sphenisciformes Family Spheniscidae Genus Pygoscelis Species Pygoscelis adeliae
When they are babies they have a soft dark grey head and body. This suit keeps them warm on the cold Antarctic ice. The plumage on a penguin while swimming in the water. However, on land their dark back stands out to their flying predator.
The Adelie penguin is the smallest penguin on Antarctica.
The adult have been observed to steal rocks from their neighbor's nest.
If this penguin stares directly at you in the eye, it is not happy with your presence.
When they preen they use the oil at the end of its tail to keep their feathers water proof.
While after swimming or walking, their feet turn pink.
Morphology: The Adelie Penguin is known for its distinctive black and white bilateral seabird. It has black head with two white rings around it's eyes and a red bill. It has a black back with blue-tipped feathers while the chest is white and grey-pink feet.
Ecological & Economically Importance: The Adelie penguin on the IUCN Red List is listed as Near Threatened.
Plumage-bird's feathers. Preen- to smooth or clean feathers with beak or bill.