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Adélie Penguin
Scientific Name
Pygoscelis adeliae
18 to 30 inches
79 to 132 pounds
Up to 15-20 years in captivity
Stable isotope
Leopard Seals
Skuas (only when they are chicks)
"Very little penguins."

The Adélie Penguin is a species of penguin common along the entire Antarctic coast.


In the Real World[]

Companions adelie penguins

Real Adelie Penguins in Antarctica

Adélie penguins live on the Antarctic continent and on many small, surrounding coastal islands. They spend the winter offshore in the seas surrounding the Antarctic pack ice.

Adélies feed on tiny aquatic creatures, such as shrimp-like krill, but they also eat fish and squid. They have been known to dive as deep as 575 feet (175 meters) in search of such quarry though they usually hunt in far shallower waters less than half that depth.

Like other penguins, Adélies are sleek and efficient swimmers. They may travel 185 miles round-trip (about 300 kilometers) to procure a meal.

During the spring breeding season (in October), they take to the rocky Antarctic coastline where they live in large communities called colonies. These groups can include thousands of birds.

Once on land, Adélies build nests and line them with small stones. Though they move with the famed "penguin waddle" they are capable walkers who can cover long overland distances. In early spring, before the vast sheets of ice break up, they may have to walk 31 miles (50 kilometers) from their onshore nests to reach open water.

Male Adélie penguins help their mates rear the young and, without close inspection, the two sexes are nearly indistinguishable. They take turns sitting on a pair of eggs to keep them warm and safe from predators. When food is short, only one of the two chicks may survive. After about three weeks, parents are able to leave the chicks alone, though the offspring gathers in groups for safety. Young penguins begin to swim on their own in about nine weeks.

In the Happy Feet franchise[]

Adélie Penguins are prominently featured in the Happy Feet franchise. Regarding ethnicity, most of them appear to be Latino.

In courtship, Male Adélies attract mates with a pile of pebbles referred to as love stones. The bigger the piles, the more attractive the male seems.

Lovelace, a self-proclaimed 'love guru', has a pile of love stones which is massive to the point where he can stand on it and look down on everyone.

They do not use heartsongs. Instead, they collect Lovestone's. Whoever has the biggest pile is the most eligible mate.

Ramón is the first and only known adélie penguin character to have a heart song. In the first movie, his heart song was "My Way" by Frank Sinatra and in the sequel, his new heartsong is "I Want to Know What Love Is" by Foreigner when he is singing to find a mate and enters Erik's hole.

and Happy Feet Two


  • In the real world, Adult Adélie penguins have been observed stealing rocks from their neighbors’ nests.
  • In Happy Feet more is male characters.