Penguins are flightless sea - birds with short tails and paddle-like wings. The plumage is very dense and covers the whole of the body. The legs are short and set well back, with the front three toes webbed for swimming.

Credits

Image: Penguins by Liam Quinn

Information sourced from:

Goldenberg, Suzanne, the Guardian (2014), Emperor penguins at risk of extinction scientists warn [online], Available from: http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/jun/29/emperor-penguins-at-risk-of-extinction-scientists-warn [accessed 12/07/2015]

The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species (2015), Pygoscelis antarcticus [online], Available from: http://www.iucnredlist.org/search [accessed 12/07/2015]

The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species (2015), Pygoscelis adeliae [online], Available from: http://www.iucnredlist.org/search [accessed 12/07/2015]

British Antarctic Survey (2012), Antarctic Penguins [online], Available from: http://www.antarctica.ac.uk/about_antarctica/wildlife/birds/penguins [accessed 17/07/2015]

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