Adelie Penguin Facts: Lesson for Kids

Instructor: Mary Grace Miller

Mary Grace has taught first grade for 8 years and has a Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education and is licensed in ESL.

What are Adelie penguins? What do they eat and where do they live? This lesson will answer these questions and teach you lots of fun facts about Adelie penguins!

What Are Adelie Penguins?

  • Who is an Adelie penguin's favorite relative? Aunt-Arctica!
  • What do Adelie penguins eat for lunch? Ice-burgers!
  • What do you call an Adelie penguin in the desert? Lost!

There are a lot of funny jokes out there about Adelie penguins, but is there any truth to them? Do Adelie penguins really live in Antarctica? Do they really eat ice? Keep reading to learn lots of fun facts about these cool animals!

Adelie penguins have white bellies and black backs.
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Adelie penguins are a special species of penguin. These seabirds have white bellies and black backs, and they have wings and flippers that they use to swim. They're typically between two and three feet tall, which is about the height of a two-year-old!

Where Do Adelie Penguins Live?

Adelie penguins live on Antarctica, the coldest continent in the world. In winter, they live on icebergs, which are huge pieces of ice that float in the ocean. In summer, they live on beaches.

Adelie penguins like to live in colonies, which are large groups of animals that live together. They use small rocks to build nests for their eggs.

Adelie penguins live in groups called colonies.
colony

What Do Adelie Penguins Eat?

Adelie penguins like to eat fish, squid, and krill. Krill are tiny animals that look like shrimp. Adelie penguins dive under the water to find their food. They do not drink the water because they get all of their hydration from eating snow instead!

How Do Adelie Penguins Grow?

Mother Adelie penguins lay two eggs every year. About 35 days later, usually in the month of December, the eggs hatch and a baby penguin, called a chick, is born. Both the mother and father penguin take turns caring for the eggs and the chicks. While one parent stays with the egg and keeps it safe and warm, the other parent goes out to the sea to eat.

Adelie penguin chicks are usually born in December.
chick

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