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January 21, 2009

African penguin Individuals: Kianga

Kianga can be identified by her Orange band on her left wing and Pink band on her right wing, she is 20 months old.  Kianga and her sister Jahzara are very close.  Siblings often spend their first few months to year hunting and resting together.  They will preen (clean) each other’s feathers and behave like a mated pair early in life.  Eventually the bond between these two sisters will be replaced with male mates and nests.  These sisters were originally hatched and raised together in Idaho Falls.-Pamela Schaller

Filed under: CAS Penguin Colony,Penguin Science — Penguins @ 9:29 am


  1. She’s so cute! What bands does Jahzara have? Thanks, again, for all you do!

    Comment by Karen in OH — January 23, 2009 @ 7:23 am

  2. I think there’s a penquin in the marsh of Sausalito. Should I be concerned?

    Comment by Bill Hughes — January 24, 2009 @ 9:31 am

  3. While penguins are not found in the Northern Hemisphere, I did get a chance to investigate. The bird you are identifying is acutally a species of Cormorant. This is normally found in Sausalito and the surrounding communities. It does spend time swimming, but unlike penguins, can also fly.

    Comment by pschaller — January 24, 2009 @ 2:32 pm

  4. Thank you for the clarification. Someone told me of a species call Tigris which I confused with the bird you described.

    Comment by Bill Hughes — January 24, 2009 @ 3:54 pm

  5. I am young and I want to know more about penguins give me tips

    Comment by Noah — January 25, 2009 @ 10:44 am

  6. Any idea why they sometimes push another penguin into the water? Thanks.

    Comment by Karen in OH — January 27, 2009 @ 10:45 am

  7. Noah, penguins are birds that are adapted to swimming. They are classified as birds because they are warm blooded (can maintain their own body temperature), have wings and lay eggs. Their wings are adpated for swimming. The wings are very small and cannot support the penguin to fly at all. The females lays 2 eggs once per year, which both parents care for. If you want to learn more about penguins there are many introductory books that can be found in our Naturalist Center at the Academy. We also have an internship program where we recruit 9-10th grade students to aid our reseachers, you can find out more information about this on our website.

    Comment by pschaller — January 27, 2009 @ 11:09 am

  8. Karen, the penguins at the Academy display the same behaviors as penguins in the wild. In the wild, normally a group of penguins will appproach the water together pushing each other into the water. The prevailing thought is this is a test to see if predators are close by. In South Africa, Cape Fur Seals are known to patrol the waters where the penguins enter and will eat as many as 5 penguins during some seasons. Even though there are no Fur Seals in the exhibit, the penguins still exhibit this dominancy behavior.

    Comment by pschaller — January 27, 2009 @ 11:13 am

  9. What kind of care do eggs and baby penguins need?
    Do they have teeth?
    If not what do they have?

    Comment by Noah — January 31, 2009 @ 2:11 pm

  10. Noah,
    Parents must completely cover and frequently roll the eggs until they hatch 37-40 days later. Chicks require full time crae until they are 60-90 days old, parents protect them, keep them warm and feed them regurgitated fish. Penguin have strong, sharp beaks to catch and swallow fish whole. They do not have teeth.

    Comment by pschaller — February 3, 2009 @ 10:38 am

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