King Penguins

The growing colony of King penguins at the Lagoon is a great delight to all.  It is one of only three successful breeding King colonies in the Falklands. 

The King chicks hatch early in the year and remain at the rookery through the Austral winter. We have three King chicks over wintering at the Lagoon at the moment.

  • Kings are the second largest penguin. They stand 76cm and weigh 14kg. They are the second largest penguin, only Emperor penguins are larger.
  • There are 2 million pairs in the world but only around 400 breeding pairs in the Falkland Islands.
  • Their life expectancy is 30 years.
  • They have orange ear patches and orange/yellow necks.
  • They lay only one egg. This egg is incubated on the feet of both parents, who take turns to keep the egg warm.
  • Incubation is 54 days. After hatching the chick is kept warm on the feet of its parents for 35 days until it is big enough to stand alone.
  • The parents take it in turns to go to sea to fish for food and feed the chick by regurgitation. They eat fish, squid and crustaceans. They swim long distances to fish and dive deep.
  • The chicks grow a warm brown fluffy coat and are fed by the parents through the winter and into the spring.
  • Raising a King chick takes a year, so adults only raise chicks once every other year. 

Kings at the nest site   
On the beach 
Adult Surrounded by Chicks 
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