How Tall Is a Penguin?

Adult penguins range in standing height from just 10 to 12 inches to nearly 4 feet. The smallest species, the little blue penguin, also known as the fairy penguin, weighs just 2 to 3 pounds, while the massive emperor penguin may grow up to 90 pounds.

According to the New England Aquarium, there are at least 17 species of penguins found worldwide; most stand between 20 and 30 inches tall. The flightless birds are found in a range of climates on the continents and surrounding islands of Antarctica, Africa, Australia and South America and in the country of New Zealand.