South Georgia Island and the Falklands- in benefit of the South Georgia Heritage Trust - naturalrealm

King penguins constantly prune feathers. Like all birds, they molt - and in the Antarctic, the energy requirements are substantial. Adult king penguins annually fast ashore for 1 month for molting. By the end of molt, they have lost 44% of their prefasting body mass. About 18% of new feather synthesis occurs at sea, thus reducing both nutrient requirement and fasting duration. Credit for research, and for further information: "Energy and protein requirements for molt in the king penguin Aptenodytes patagonicus."
Cherel Y, Charrassin JB, Challet E.

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