Penguin sounds are used to greet and recognize one another.
The calls sound like kid’s birthday party horns. Listen to honking gentoo penguins!
Gentoo penguins are not only known for being the fastest underwater swimming bird in the world. They also emit a weird and distinctive noise. These birds trumpet a donkey-like sound. This strange calls are called an “estatic display”.
What is special about Gentoo penguins?
Gentoo penguins are:
- Very active with an amazing amount of energy.
- Curious and outgoing
- Gentoo penguins often call to each other with a honking sound and sing together in a loud chorus. Another example @ 1:35 in the following video:
- Gentoos are the fastest underwater swimming bird in the world and can reach up to 36 kilometres per hour.
- Regulate their own heart rate. During deep dives, Gentoo penguins can reduce their heart rate from 80 – 100 beats per minute down to as low as 20 beats per minute to save energy.
Yes not only the Gentoo penguin sounds are amazing!