collective noun for breeding penguins [Sec=Unclassified]

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Subject: collective noun for breeding penguins [Sec=Unclassified]
From: "David Wilson" <>
Date: Thu, 10 Apr 2008 10:42:07 +1000
Hi all,

While at Mawson station (Antarctica) over the summer researching Adelie
penguins we were puzzled by a lack of consistency in naming penguin

The terms colony and rookery seemed to be fairly interchangeable when
referring to a breeding group of penguins. This seemed all a little
esoteric until the people in charge of the Antarctic Gazette contacted
us to formalise the names of some of the Emperor and Adelie breeding

If anyone can shed any light on this problem it would be much
appreciated, or provide some historical background.

Thanks, Dave

David Wilson

Field Biologist

ph 03 62323322

Australian Antarctic Division

Department of the Environment and Water Resources

203 Channel Highway

Kingston, Tasmania

Australia 7050


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