Penguins are aquatic, flightless birds. They lay eggs, have feathers and yet are powerful swimmers. Emperor penguins can stay underwater up to 30 minutes, in essence flying underwater. They live in the Southern Hemisphere, including Antarctica and New Zealand. LiveScience.com has penguin pictures, feature article and news of the latest penguin discoveries.
As the glaciers melted about 15,000 years ago, warmer weather and ice-free conditions allowed king penguins to colonize the string of islands north of Antarctica, a new genetic study has found.
An unknown strain of bird flu has been evolving in Antarctica for between 49 and 80 years, researchers report. Fortunately, the disease is not very deadly, nor can it take hold in mammals.
A recent visit to a remote Antarctica penguin colony found about 5,000 fuzzy penguin chicks, meaning the colony is even bigger than previously thought.
Conservation groups can no longer afford to try to protect as many plants and animals as they did in the past.