The Adelie Penguin is the smallest and most widely distributed species of Penguin in the Southern Ocean and is one of only two species of Penguin found on the Antarctic mainland (the other being the much larger Emperor Penguin).

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The Adelie Penguin is one of the most easily identifiable Penguin species with a blue-black back and completely white chest and belly.

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Like all species of Penguin, the Adelie Penguin is a highly sociable animal, gathering in large groups known as colonies, which often number thousands of Penguin individuals.

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Adelie Penguins return to their breeding grounds during the Antarctic summer months of November and December.

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Adelie Penguins are strong and capable swimmers, obtaining all of their food from the sea.

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Adult Adelie Penguins have no land based predators due to the uncompromising conditions that they inhabit.

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Adelie Penguins inhabit one of the coldest environments on Earth and so have a thick layer of fat under their skin helping to keep them warm.

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A visit to the Adelie Penguin colonies has long since been on the programme for tourists to the Antarctic,

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