king penguin

noun

Definition of king penguin 

: a large penguin (Aptenodytes patagonicus) chiefly of subantarctic areas with a yellow patch on the upper breast

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One of the most iconic species of arctic birds, the king penguin, is the latest animal to land on the long list of critters threatened by climate change. Fernando Ramirez, Houston Chronicle, "Animals that might not be around thanks to climate change," 6 Mar. 2018 Colonies of breeding king penguins move like molecules in liquids, attracting and repelling each other in a familiar pattern, according to a new study by the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) and other agencies. Laura Yan, Popular Mechanics, "Breeding King Penguins Move Like Liquid Molecules," 8 Apr. 2018 About 50 penguins live in Penguin Palooza, including king penguins and macaroni, southern rockhopper, gentoo and chinstrap penguins. Melissa Reinert, Cincinnati.com, "Paralyzed penguin wobbles on road to recovery at Newport Aquarium," 30 Apr. 2018 Breeding pairs gather to form large dense colonies (a king penguin colony on South Georgia Island at Salisbury Plain holds over 100,000 breeding pairs). Laura Yan, Popular Mechanics, "Breeding King Penguins Move Like Liquid Molecules," 8 Apr. 2018 Finding a new ice-free home with the sandy and pebbly beaches where king penguins like to breed is not easy. Grace Donnelly, Fortune, "70% of This Animal Species Could Become Extinct in Less Than 90 Years," 27 Feb. 2018 About half of the king penguin population nests on the Crozet and Prince Edward Islands, in the Indian Ocean south of Madagascar, and are projected to lose their habitat by 2100, according to the model. Karen Weintraub, New York Times, "King Penguins Are Endangered by Warmer Seas," 26 Feb. 2018 The reason the king penguins are in trouble is that as the oceans warm, their favorite food — fish — will move south to cooler waters, away from where the penguins live. Doyle Rice, USA TODAY, "Move or die: Global warming threatens Antarctica’s King penguins," 26 Feb. 2018 And the king penguins — the tallest ones at SeaWorld — are christened with the names of kings — King Tut, King Arthur, Burger King. Gabrielle Russon, OrlandoSentinel.com, "A couple at SeaWorld devoted to taking care of birds — and each other," 12 Feb. 2018

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1776, in the meaning defined above

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