Emperor Penguins are the largest species of Penguin and are the 5th heaviest bird currently in existence. They swim at speeds of 6 – 9 Km/hr (4 – 6 mph) but they can reach speeds of 19 km/hr (12 mph) in short bursts.
The call of each Emperor Penguin is distinct and males and females can be identified by their differing calls. On land they alternate between walking and “tobogganing” along on their stomachs, propelling themselves with their feet and wings.
The main predators of Emperor Penguins are leopard seals, killer whales, sharks, skua and Antarctic giant petrels.
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