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Cheryl Petzold Chinstrap Penguin - Pygoscelis Antarctica Chinstrap penguins are white on the front up till the throat but their back and forehead are black Chinstraps are easily distinguished by the thin black stripe of feathers located around the jaw See figure 1- Source 1 They are the only penguins who have this so they were named the Chinstrap penguin Their chicks penguins have gray backs and white fronts The adult height is around 27 inches tall There weight is not consistent it can range from 5 to 12 pounds changing with the time of year Source 4 The chinstrap penguins live in Antarctica Like most penguins they live on islands to be safe from land predators source3 Since there is not many resources in Antarctica they have adapted to their surroundings They have glands in their bills that remove the salt from the ocean water this allows them to drink it with out getting sick TO compensate for the extreme temperatures in Antarctica they tuck their bill under a flipper and hold there flippers close to there bodies When it gets hot they hold their flippers away from them selves and sometimes use them as a fan These birds are suprisingly clumsy on land so to move about quickly they use their stomachs as a toboggan Source 1 For food they eat krill a small shrimp like crustacean See figure 2 They also eat small fish when it is abundant and easy to catch They find all their food in the water They stay towards the surface of the water because they can not hold their breath for long Chinstraps are one of the fastest swimming penguins and for their little bodies they have massive flippers See figure 3 Source 4 The Chinstrap penguins have three calls 1 Contact between its own species 2 Between families the most
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