Today’s bird, the penguin, is one of only a few flightless birds that will be featured during Bird Month. Through evolution, the wings of a penguin have become flippers, which are far more useful as they spend half their lives in the water.
Over the years (and still to this day) there’s been much debate over the etymology and derivation of the bird’s name, so too with the recognised number of penguin species.
The Galapagos penguin is the only species found in the Northern Hemisphere, with other species and populations located in Antarctica, southern parts of Africa, South America, Australia, and New Zealand. There are none in the US, yet Pittsburgh’s NHL team is the Penguins.
The emperor penguin is the largest species, standing at 1m tall. Little blue penguins, more commonly known as fairy penguin, are the smallest at only 40cm tall. Visiting Phillip Island to see the fairy penguins come to shore is a popular attraction for both locals and tourists.
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