Rock Stealing Gentoo Penguins

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. In 2018, we mark the centennial of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, the most powerful and important bird-protection law ever passed. In honor of this milestone, we unite with National Geographic and nature lovers around the world to join forces to celebrate the “Year of the Bird” and commit to protecting birds today and for the next hundred years. Learn more: Learn more about our Antarctica, South Georgia & The Falklands expeditions and special offers: Subscribe to our channel: Join the conversation: Facebook: Instagram: Twitter: Blog:

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