A Family Of Emperor Penguins In Antarctica Portrayed On A Resin Fridge Magnet
This attractive resin fridge magnet, from the catalogues of World Wide Gifts, features a representation of a family of Emperor penguins in Antarctica. Emperor penguins are the largest of the Antarctic penguins; they are also the least common with only approximately two hundred thousand breeding pairs. The Emperor is the only penguin to breed during the winter months with breeding taking place on the ice in large colonies. Once the female has laid its single egg it sets off to look for food leaving the male to take full responsibility for incubation. Emperor penguins do not build nests, the male penguin stands with the egg on top of its feet. Above the feet is a patch of abdominal skin that does not contain any feathers. This patch is called the brood patch and it contains a myriad of blood vessels. The blood that travels down these vessels takes warmth to the egg which can be up to seventy per cent warmer than the air temperature.
The Life Of A Baby Penguin
The female Emperor penguin leaves after laying the egg in May and does not return until the egg hatches in August. At this point the female takes charge of looking after the chick while the male leaves in search of food. On the male's return the parents both take responsibility for raising the chick. The sea ice, on which the breeding takes place, begins to break during December and January. At this point the chicks take to the water even though they are still shedding their down coat and weigh only approximately sixty per cent as much as an adult bird. The cycle starts again once a bird reaches the age of three and is able to breed, although in reality many Emperor penguins do not start breeding until they are six years old. This interesting family life of the Emperor penguin is represented by the penguin family on our resin fridge magnet.