This week we are reading books written by Oliver Jeffers. In some of these books their is a emperor penguin.
Read the facts below and blog what you have learnt!
Penguins are birds that can’t fly but they swim really well. A popular and recognisable penguin is the emperor penguin. When people draw or describe a penguin it will usually look like an emperor penguin, with a white front and a black back. They also have orange on their necks and breaks.
The emperor penguin is the largest of 17 types of penguin. It is also the only animal to live in Antarctica, the South Pole, during the winter.
They are covered in lots of feathers that help them to stay warm in the very cold weather. Despite such harsh conditions, emperor penguins spend their entire lives on the ice or in ice cold water.
The penguins can store large amounts of fat which keeps their bodies warm and also gives them energy.
On the ice, they use strong claws on their feet to help grip the surface as they move along. They also slide on their bellies while pushing with their feet.
At sea, emperor penguins glide through the water with great speed because of the shape of their bodies and strong flippers make them excellent swimmers. They can dive deeper than any other bird and they can stay under for more than 20 minutes.
Although emperor penguins are effective hunters, they are also prey to a few Antarctic animals as well. In the water, both babies and adults are eaten by leopard seals and killer whales.