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Penguins Build Nests Too

February 16th, 2010 at 8:04 am (AST) by Jake Richter

Penguins, just like most birds, build nests. However, since there are few if any plants large enough to harvest for nest building materials here in the Antarctic, penguins have resorted to a more practical material – rocks. Penguins collect small stones, rocks, and pebbles and use those to build an elevated rise upon which to nest. The stones serve the purpose of allowing any glacial or snow melt to drain through and under the nest, thus hopefully avoiding freezing the eggs or chicks after they have hatched.

A young adult Adelie penguin picks up a rock to build its nest - a bit late in the season

A young adult Adelie penguin picks up a rock to build its nest - a bit late in the season

The young adult Adelie penguin carries its pebble or rock to its nesting site

The young adult Adelie penguin carries its pebble or rock to its nesting site

An abandoned Adelie penguin nest

An abandoned Adelie penguin nest