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Do penguins migrate?

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Adult penguins migrate from breeding to feeding grounds. Some species of penguins travel long distances between rookeries and coastal feeding waters.

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Migration also occurs in young penguins, and they usually separate from others when they leave their birth colonies. They may wander for hundreds of miles to find a new home; however, they normally return to the colonies where they were born for breeding.

Penguins are well-adapted to living in the water. Some species of penguins spend up to 75 percent of their lives at sea. While a few penguin species live in tropical areas, the majority live in cold-water climates such as in the Antarctic region.

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