The king penguin is a large species of penguin, second only to the emperor penguin in size. There are two subspecies: A. p. patagonicus and A. p. halli; patagonicus is found in the South Atlantic and halli elsewhere.
No other bird has a longer breeding cycle than King Penguins. They take 14 to 16 months to fledge a single chick. During the winter, chicks may be left to fast for from one to five months (May to September/October). Adults can rear a maximum of only two chicks every three years.
The King Penguin (Aptenodytes patagonicus) belong to the group of "great penguins." It is the second largest penguin and has two subspecies living in.When king penguins were first discovered by European explorers in the early 18th century they were thought to be the largest penguin species alive. It was only in 1844 that George Robert Gray from the British Museum separated them from the even larger emperor penguin that had been seen for the first time during Captain Cook’s second voyage. Close relatives, kings and emperors belong to the genus Aptenodytes derived from the Greek meaning ‘featherless diver’.
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