Penguin Sounds: Listen To Honking Gentoo Penguins

Penguin sounds are used to greet and recognize one another.

The calls sound like kid’s birthday party horns. Listen to honking gentoo penguins!

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Gentoo penguins jumping from iceberg in Antarctica. Photo: National Geographic

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!

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