January 20th is Penguin Awareness Day. These appealing creatures certainly deserve our attention. Penguins are the only species of aquatic bird that can't fly. Instead of wings, they have stiff flippers that can propel them through the water, where they feed. Their favorite foods are shrimp, squid, and krill.
At Blue Church Art we celebrated "penguin awareness" by creating portraits of these unique birds. Most of the students chose Emperor penguins for their subject. These handsome birds are the largest of the penguin species, growing to be 4 feet tall, and weighing up to 85 pounds! The head and face of the Emperors are completely black, with a long curved black beak that has a pink or orange stripe down the middle. Its belly is mostly white, blending into light yellow at the top of the chest.
Emperor Penguin chicks look quite different from their parents. Their first plumage is gray, and they have white around their eyes and around their beak. The markings of emperor chicks make them more visible against the ice and snow, important because emperors don't have individual nest sites where the young can be found.
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