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March 2, 2010

Penguin Behavior


The penguins display in a variety of methods that communicate social organization. These displays or behaviors can  communicate aggression, submission or sexual interest from one penguin towards another. There are visual cues that humans can observe and interpret especially with relation to the penguin’s proximity to another penguin and position of body, head, neck or eyes. Penguin behavior can be easy to observe, like “Beak-Slapping” or more subtle, like “Sideways Stare”. Follow the blog posts as we describe different penguin behaviors that can be observed while you visit the Academy or while watching the penguin cams.-Pamela Schaller

Filed under: CAS Penguin Colony — Penguins @ 10:34 am


  1. Hello,

    I visited Cal Academy as a science museum staffer from a little museum in Redding, CA, around 1995. One of the highlights of my trip was interacting with a young penguin, named Percy. I’ve been back to the museum many times since then, but never thought to ask if Percy was still around. He provided me with a life-long appreciation for penguins.

    Redding, CA

    Comment by Rose James — March 2, 2010 @ 7:43 pm

  2. Do penguins exhibit group cooperative communication while hunting underwater. Do they work as teams to gather food?

    Comment by Frank Price — March 27, 2010 @ 8:54 am

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