Story: Penguins

Nest in a burrow (1st of 3)

Nest in a burrow

Birds need nests for a number of reasons: to hold the eggs so they don’t roll away, to keep the egg dry, and to reduce heat loss. Little penguins nest in burrows or rock crevices, which give shelter from wind and rain and to some extent from predators.

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New Zealand Penguins
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Lloyd Spencer Davis, 'Penguins - Life on land', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 6 October 2022)

Story by Lloyd Spencer Davis, published 12 Jun 2006, reviewed & revised 11 Jul 2016