King Penguin  |  

Aptenodytes patagonicus


The King Penguin is a large penguin with striking orange and black head markings as an adult. Adults are up to 95 cm tall and achieve a weight of approximately 13.5 kg. The King Penguin is the second largest penguin species, following the Emperor Penguin (Aptenodytes patagonicus). Females are slightly smaller than males, but identical in appearance and juveniles are similar, with less pronounced colouration.

Government evidence of impact of climate change:

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  • IUCN Red List Assessment, Aptenodytes patagonicus

    The severity of the threat posed by climate change is still unclear; as it may be responsible for recent observed increases; but equally may drive rapid declines over relatively short periods (Péron et al. 2012; Trucchi et al. 2014; Cristofari et al. 2018).