Interesting Bird Fact – Penguins Camouflage

Interesting Bird Fact – Penguins Camouflage

While penguins might extremely noticable on land, when they are in the ocean, under the water, their black and white coloring helps them stay camouflaged and hidden from both predators and prey.

As they swim, their black backs blend in with the darker ocean water below them so that they’re difficult to be seen by any creature above them.

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At the same time their white chests help them blend in with the lighter, brighter surface of the water, so that from below, they’re almost invisible as well.

And speaking of ‘standing out on land’ here are African penguins that were wandering around the quiet streets of South Africa during their national COVID-19 lockdown.

The Southern African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds (SANCCOB) says its rangers are battling to keep African penguins from wandering into the quiet streets during South Africa's national lockdown. Join Birding Planet's Facebook group at And visit the blog at

Posted by Birding Planet on Saturday, April 18, 2020

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