Emperor Penguin Portrait
- Aptenodytes forsteri
Emperor penguins are the largest of penguin species with an average weight of around 30kg (66lb, but can be up to 40kg (88lb)) and a height of approx. 1.15m (3.8ft).
They have colorful feathers around their necks and heads,
though are not quite as bright as king penguins which are
almost as large. There is little or no possibility of confusing
the two species however as their distribution around Antarctica
is very different. While king penguins are a sub-Antarctic
species, being based on islands dotted around the continent,
emperor penguins are animals of the deep south.