King Penguin Aptenodytes patagonicus


Diet and Foraging


The king penguin, Aptenodytes patagonicus, feeds on small fish( lantern fish) and squid they however will also eat krill and crustaceans . In winter, the king penguin must forage deeper in the ocean for food. Presumably they can still hunt by sight at night because of the bioluminous light emitted from their prey They are infrequent feeders, foraging every 2 weeks. In between foraging trips, king penguins can lose up to half their body weight.(Marine Bio)

Foraging Behavior

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Recommended Citation

King Penguin (Aptenodytes patagonicus), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: