The Relationship Between Penguins and Chicks

February 16th, 2010 at 6:10 am (AST) by Jake Richter

Penguin chicks depend on their parents to feed them by regurgitating food the parent has eaten.

Early in the chick’s life the two parents alternate between keeping the chick warm and protected and going out to find food. As a chick gets older, both parents go out to find food to bring back to the chick. If the parents take too long to return, chicks may pursue other adults in the hopes of getting a meal, but adult penguins rarely will feed a chick not their own.

Below are some pictures showing some of these relationships. I am also attempting to make a short feeding video clip available. I’ll post a new note if that works out.

An Adelie chick approaches an adult for food

An Adelie chick approaches an adult for food

The adult Adelie rebuffs the chick

The adult Adelie rebuffs the chick

The adult Adelie voices its displeasure at the pushy chick

The adult Adelie voices its displeasure at the pushy chick

An adult Adelie penguin nips a chick begging for food

An adult Adelie penguin nips a chick begging for food

 

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