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do you know about penguins?
Diet and Feeding
How do penguins catch their
food while they are swimming and do they have teeth?
If there is no fresh liquid
water in Antarctica, how can the Adélies drink the salt water of the
How do you feed them? ( Matthew,Florida)
Do any animals have the Adelie
penguin as a predators? (Candy, CA)
5. How do they sleep or do they
hunt at night? Do they hunt in the morning or do they hunt in the evening? (Courtney,
penguins eat anything but fish? (Miley, PA)
many pounds of food do penguins eat a day? (Whitni, IL)
do penguins eat the least? (Abby, IL)
do penguins eat krill?(Alexis, WI)
penguins eat all the time?(Jessica, WI)
would like to know how much fish a penguin eats in a year. (Liam, CT)
How fast can the penguin
What is the purpose of porpoising?
How long can Adélie
Penguins hold their breath underwater, and how deep do they dive?
How high can the penguins
jump out of the water?(Cassidy, California)
Can penguins do backflips
out of the water?
Biology and Habitat
How many Adélie Penguins
Where do Adélie Penguins
go in the winter?
How long do adelie penguins
live? (Davey, Michigan)
How big is the biggest Adelie
penguin? (Lorenzo, Illinois)
Do penguins go the bathroom
on land or under water?(Sam, Illinois)
Can a male mate with another
male or can a female mate with another female? Why or why not?
How do the penguins communicate
with each other? (Farheen, Illinois)
they like the cold air? ( Hillary, Illinois)
penguins ever start fighting and go off on their own? (Matt, IL)
do the Adelie penguins protect themselves and their egg(s)? ( Asiya, Illinois)
exterme temps can peguins live in? (Alex, PA)
are penguins born?(Matt, IL)
does a penguin waddle? ( Nikkia, PA)
hard can an Adelie Penguin bite? (Arthur, CA)
much of a territory do penguins have? (Nicholas)
have seen a movie where the male penguin gives a pebble to a girl penguin and
then they fall in love. Is that true? We knew that they build their nests out
of pebbles. (Ferrisburgh, 1st grade, VT)
males or females have different color markings to tell them apart? (Becca, NY)
many penguins are in one colony? (Sierra, IL)
Adelie penguins mate for life? Or just for the season? (Austin, IL)
do Adelie penguins get away from predators?(Kyle, WI)
does the dad penguin stay alive when the mom goes hunting for food for a couple
can the penguins breathe under water and what if they eat a rotten fish?(Kody,
can't penguins live in a warm habitat?(Evan, WI)
many penguins females are there? (Hailey, WI)
do penguins have their wings back when they run or walk?(Sierra, IL)
do Adelie penguins lay on their bellies? Why do they look fat when they lay
down? (Rebecca, IL)
penguins hold their breath and if so how long? (Jessie, TX)
do they get so warm in the cold weather? (Addie, TX)
can't penguins fly? ( Ember, TX)
one of the images that that showed the penguins body waste was spread out like
something fell from the sky and just blew up. Why does the penguins body waste
do that? (Arijit, MO)
many of the adelie penguins survive a year? ( Kyle, IL)
would you say the most penguins live? (Lindsey, TX)
much do the penguins weigh? (Joe, CA)
Nests and Chick Rearing
How long does it take to
hatch the egg after it is laid?
How many eggs does the Adélie
Do penguins return to the
colony they were hatched in to raise their own chicks?
Why do the penguins leave
their young? When predators can come and take their young? ( Matt & Zach,
How do the penguins build
their nests? (Illinois)
Do the parents take turns
watching the nest or does only the male stay and keep the eggs warm? Do the
parents ever leave the nest unguarded? What is the size of the egg? (Grade 2
How do female penguins know
when to come back to their nests? (Jessie, Missouri)
Why do the male penguin nest
the egg instead of the female penguin,and how long does she remain gone? (Jelton,
do the Adelie penguins do with their eggs or newborns if they freeze when passing
the eggs back and forth from parent to parent? (Rebecca, Illinois)
do penguins hold there eggs on there feet and how big is an egg? (Amanda, Illinois)
do penguins make their nest? (Christina, PA)
is a group of baby penguins called a Creche'? (Jackson, IL)
would happen if a male or female dropped the egg, would a Skua get the egg or
would it harm the chick? (Cassidy, IL)
hard are penguin egg shells? (Sierra, IL)
do the penguins have their eggs in a deep ditch?(Elizabeth, IL)
don't penguins have feathers on their "incubation patch"?(Brianne,
long does it take for a penguin's egg to freeze if the parents are switching
on the nest? (John, CA)
did the male in nest #13 leave the female with the eggs for 13 days without
changing guard? (Sierra IL)
penguins seem to mourn the loss of a chick? (Mrs Schaefer, IL)
do the penguins keep their babies warm without squishing them? (Samantha, MO)
do the babies eat? How do they eat? Do both parents feed them? (VT, 1st gr)
do you determine the sex of the chicks? (Linda, PA)
How do penguins feathers
work to keep them warm?
What happens if the penguins
lose or damage their feather?
How do Adélie penguins
find their nesting colony when it is time to breed?
The penguins at the zoo never
fold their wings like the other birds, why is that?
We have been learning about
adaptive coloration in animals and it seems black would not be a good color
for a penguin. Isn’t it easy for their predators to see them against the
Adélie Penguins don’t
have feathers on their feet. Don’t they loose a lot of heat from their
legs and feet when they are exposed to the ice, water and cold air?
Do Adélie Penguins
have any predators? (Joey, CA)
penguins blink their eyes? (Ryan, CT)
are fused flippers different from flippers?(Peter, WI)
scientists said that the Emperor penguins held their breath for 20 minutes.
Is a penguin's body adapted to hold its breath and open its beak to catch food
at the same time? (Mrs W. CT)
penguins have knees? (Brittan, TX)
How cold is it in Antarctica?
Do Adélie Penguins
How can you tell the females
from the males? ( Nicholas, IL)
How fast can the Adélie
Where does the word “penguin”
What is the greatest threat
to Adélie Penguins?
How is global climate change
affecting Adélie Penguins?
How do penguins interact
with people?(third grade, TX)
On NestCheck why do the females
have bands and the males don't?(Caleb, IL)
Do you see Emperor Penguins
,and how tall are they? (Shalana, IL)
What does it mean when a
mate has no band? ( Jackie, PA)
How many types of peguins
are there? (Emily&Kaitlynn,)
13. Do you have fun while researching
the penguins?(Nygel, IL)
14. When you are in Antartica,
do you see Polar Bears, Seals, Whales, lepord seals, or people with huskies?
15. Does the fence go all around
the colony so the penguins all have to go through the same gate? Is there more
than one gate? (Ferrisburgh, 1st grade, VT)
16. Have you taken samples of
how much salt is in the sea water, and have you taken samples of the rocks and
what kind of materials are in the rocks? (Sierra, IL)
17. How can people get close
to penguins? (Kaitie, CT)
18. Are Skuas related to seagulls?
Are Skuas seagulls?(Asiya,IL)
19. What will happen if a penguin
20. Can the penguins break the
ice? (Ms Thomas, PA)
little kids get near a penguin? (Courtney, PA)
come all the water you use to drink a plane has to bring it in, why can’t
you just drink the water in the sea? (John, CA)
big is ROSS island? ( Sierra, IL)
do the Skuas eat in the winter when there are no penguin chicks to hunt? (Emma,
thay get mad when you get close to take a picture? (Emma, CT)
don't other types of cold weather penguins live with the adelies? (Susan, NY)
there were to become a tide or their worst enemy were to come where would they
go , and what would they do?(Kyra, Llenzi, Brandon, IL)
you think the penguins know that we are watching them? (Lexie, TX)
warm can Antarctica get? (Kittery IL)
was looking at the photos from the penguin nests. I noticed that some of the
penguins have a brown and red color on their white feathers. Is it dirt or blood?
want to know how they slide down hills? (PA)
am in second grade. A fourth grader at my school said that there was going to
be a flood in Antarctica because of the smoke in China. We are a little worried
about the penguins. (Elizabeth, CT)
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