Gentoo Penguins Steal Rocks | Year of the Bird | Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic
Gentoo penguin males declare their interest in a female by selecting and presenting a ‘love token’ in the form of a pebble to their chosen female. If it is accepted, the couple then begin collecting more pebbles to line their doughnut-shaped nest. The birds build their stone nests to elevate and protect their eggs. Smooth pebbles are ‘like gold’ because they are easy to pick up and comfortable to lie on. Pebbles are so important that other males will attempt to steal the most handsome pebbles from other nests to take to their own females.
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