|Pygoscelis papua||Order: Sphenisciformes||Family: Spheniscidae (Penguins)|
Pygoscelis papua Order: Sphenisciformes Family: Spheniscidae (Penguins)
I’ve never in my life been in the range of any penguin, so have never seen the Gentoo, but it holds a place in the Guinness World Records:
Gentoo Penguin: Fastest bird swimmer. The gentoo penguin (Pygoscelis papua) has a maximum burst of speed of about 36 km/h (22 mph). By way of comparison, when Usain Bolt set a new world record for the fastest 100 m at the 2008 Beijing Olympics in China, his average speed was slightly over 37 km/h (23 mph).
Laura's Published Works
- Birds in the News 2018
- Superlative Birds 1999
- Superlative Birds 1995