There are many interesting facts about penguins for kids, which must be shared with children of all ages. Penguins are fascinating creatures which stand out from their other counterparts in so many ways. This much loved flightless bird lures kids and adults, both, owing to its beauty and funny nature. Whether one has seen penguins in a zoo or in the southern hemisphere, one would be fascinated by these creatures every time.
Most people think or believe that penguins are aquatic animals which are found in coldest parts of the world, like the northern and the southern hemisphere. The truth is that most penguins live in the southern hemisphere of the planet while others live in countries with a temperate climate. Countries like Australia, New Zealand, Galapagos Islands and South Africa are also homes to many species of penguins.
There are many types of penguins found, out of which the most commonly found ones are these- emperor penguins, little penguin, king penguin, Galapagos penguins, macaroni, Chinstrap, Rockhopper and Gentoo, to name a few. One can distinguish one type of penguin from the other, based on their physical appearance, such as height and size and other beauty marks that make them stand out from the rest.
Basically all penguins look alike with some differentiation which stands out vividly. They are black and white in color which acts as a camouflage also.
While they swim in the ice cold water, there black front stays in the water, acting as the perfect camouflage while their white backs reflect the sun and look just as bright as the water.
They use their hind feet to walk while they use their smooth stomach to slide on the snow. Instead of wings, they have adapted flippers which help them swim.
Penguins can drink salt water and usually feed on a wide variety of fishes and other aquatic insects and small animals. These include octopus, squids, krill and other such aquatic animals. Sometimes these adorable animals sleep while just standing. They can stay beneath the water for a maximum of 20 minutes. Also, they have exceptional sensing powers such as sight and smell which helps them make a kill for them to feed.
The penguin parents are loyal to each other, most of the times. There are other penguins, which keep changing their partners. It has been researched and found that penguins lay their eggs at the same place every spring; hence, one can find many penguins at the same place, at this time of the season. The parent penguins are very protective about their eggs and take care of them till they hatch. The parent penguins take turns to sit on the eggs to keep them warm and help them hatch.
These facts about penguins for kids are informative and fun filed at the same time. One can read much more about these adorable animals.