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  • Tuesday, January 19th 2021 - 09:10 UTC

    Falklands Conservation advises on penguins’ 'catastrophic' moulting period

    Penguins come ashore to moult over a 3-4 week period; they are unable to go to sea to feed and sometimes restricted to their water intake. Photo: John Buckingham

    Unlike all other birds, penguins go through what is called a “catastrophic” moult. For the penguin, it is probably as bad as it sounds. Falklands Conservation recalls that every penguin must moult once a year, normally between December to March, by drastically shedding all their feathers and re-growing new feathers in one go – hence the “catastrophic”.