An Adelie penguin flaps its wings

Adelie penguin

Adelie penguins are found in the Southern Ocean round Antarctica. They breed further south than any other penguin, venturing about 100 km (60 miles) from the sea to their nest sites on the Antarctic mainland. The males and females take turns to incubate the egg and feed the chick while their partner is out at sea.

Scientific name: Pygoscelis adeliae

Rank: Species

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The Adelie penguin can be found in a number of locations including: Antarctica. Find out more about these places and what else lives there.


The following habitats are found across the Adelie penguin distribution range. Find out more about these environments, what it takes to live there and what else inhabits them.


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Additional data source: Animal Diversity Web

Conservation Status

Least Concern

  1. EX - Extinct
  2. EW
  3. CR - Threatened
  4. EN - Threatened
  5. VU - Threatened
  6. NT
  7. LC - Least concern

Year assessed: 2009

Classified by: IUCN 3.1


  1. Life
  2. Animals
  3. Vertebrates
  4. Birds
  5. Sphenisciformes
  6. Penguins
  7. Brush-tailed penguins
  8. Adelie penguin

BBC News about Adelie penguin

  • Penguins 'hit by krill decline' A number of penguin species found in western Antarctica are declining as a result of a fall in the availability of krill, a study suggests.

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