What Are King Penguin Adaptations?

King penguins' adaptations include bare patches around the eyes, feathery bodies, streamlined bodies, webbed feet, black backs and white bellies, and solid bones. These adaptations allow them to survive in their natural environment.

The patches around the eyes of king penguins allow excess heat to escape, since the area has no feathers. The feathers trap air against the skin and also keep water away from the skin. King penguins have oar-like wings, webbed feet and streamlined bodies that allow them to swim up to 15 miles per hour. Their black backs and white bellies serve to camouflage the penguins when in water. They have solid bones that make them heavier than other birds but allow them to swim underwater for food. In addition, king penguins' adaptations include glands above their eyes to help filter out excess salt from the ocean water they swim in.