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While there are seemingly endless breeds and varieties of different penguins, mostly all penguins breed in similar ways and have similar breeding cycles and patterns. This is really remarkable, and makes them much different from many other breeds of birds, and really makes them unique.

Since all penguins live in the Southern Hemisphere, they are used to very warm temperatures and climates. While they do need to be varied somehow, as some temperatures are simply too much for other breeds of penguins when compared to what it takes for others. When the temperature is perfect for the penguins, they are much more likely to breed with one another.

Penguins will create colonies with one another, and then they will all breed in groups. When penguins create their colonies, they will try to avoid human disruption of any kind, and will avoid anything that makes them feel uneasy, uncomfortable or unsafe in any way. After penguins get into their colonies, they’ll start making a little nest for their family. Penguins will start finding their own pairs when they’re about three to four years old, and will become very physical and communicate quite a lot when they are courting one another.

The female penguin usually always lays two eggs, but not any more. Penguins actually lay the smallest egg when compared to their body size, when compared to all other birds. Out of the two eggs, one will either not hatch, or if both hatch, one will usually be incredibly weak and may even die off, as the penguins can only really raise one chick, and much prefer to raise the stronger penguin, as they know that they’re more likely to succeed and continue breeding.

Chicks will begin to mature and grow incredibly quickly after they hatch. After 3 months, they no longer need assistance from their parents, and are typically able to find food as well as fend for themselves, with little to no help from their parents.

Most penguins will usually mate for life, but that is not always the case. Some breeds of penguins will switch partners, such as the Humboldt, or Adelie penguin. Many penguins are actually capable of ways of breeding that many scientists and researchers aren’t aware of yet.

Penguins will still breed in captivity, despite the fact that many birds will often not. However, the penguin still prefers to breed in the wild.

 

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