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★ Penguins are birds that cannot fly.

★ They are great swimmers and divers.

★ The torpedo shape of their body helps them swim at high speeds.

★ Their feathers are waterproof and help them maintain insulation. A gland near the penguin's tail secretes oil into its feathers, which the bird will spread thoroughly while preening its feathers to provide waterproofing.

★ Their eyes work better underwater. This helps them in spotting prey while swimming.

★ Penguins can live for 15 to 20 years.

★ They vary in height from 16 inches to about 4 feet.

★ Parents take turns warming the egg, male penguins take care of their chicks and female penguins go for searching foods.

★ They take small naps in the water.

★ Penguins use sign language to communicate with each other. They make use of their flippers and head to talk to other penguins.

★ Most people associate penguins with Antarctica, they are much more widespread and penguin populations can also be found in South America, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand.

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