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The pairing between penguins begins to see its fruits in the Argentine Patagonia in September of each year. Until March of the following year, Magellanic penguin chicks break their eggs and the first colonies of newborns are formed. And behind the reproduction of the species is a surprisingly monogamous relationship.

The first male penguins arrive in September in the provinces of Chubut and Rio Negro. They clashed for days to get the right territory for a nest. A couple of weeks later, the females arrive; Couples are armed. Among them, many are the result of the reunion of previous years.
So the penguins are faithful. The reason, however, may not be so romantic, but even patriarchal … "The penguins are very territorial and when the mating begins they tend to return to the same nest and there they meet the same couple" explains Sputnik Pablo Garcia Borboroglu, president from the Global Penguin Society (GPS).

"We followed a couple that met every September for 17 years. Every winter they separated and then met again until the female didn't come back … Maybe she died. He formed a couple again," says the biologist who is a world reference in conservation of penguins.

Anyway, it sounds sweet to the ears of those who seek relationships for a lifetime. And it can even deconstruct some gender stereotype. The penguins mate, the females lay the eggs and the males take care of them! After 40 days of incubation in which both parents take turns caring for the nest, the first pigeons are born.

  • A Magellanic penguin near its nest in Chubut, ArgentinaA Magellanic penguin near its nest in Chubut, Argentina

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                        Photo: Courtesy of Pablo Garcia Borboroglu

  • Eggs of the Magellanic penguins in Chubut, Argentina

    Eggs of the Magellanic penguins in Chubut, Argentina

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                        Photo: Courtesy of Pablo Garcia Borboroglu

  • The penguin couple takes turns to hatch their eggs so as not to leave the nest alone. Magellanic penguin in Chubut, Argentina

    The penguin couple takes turns to hatch their eggs so as not to leave the nest alone. Magellanic penguin in Chubut, Argentina

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                        Photo: Courtesy of Pablo Garcia Borboroglu

  • The penguins parents take care of their eggs while the mothers look for food. Magellanic penguin in Chubut, Argentina

    The penguins parents take care of their eggs while the mothers look for food. Magellanic penguin in Chubut, Argentina

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                        Photo: Courtesy of Pablo Garcia Borboroglu

  • Magellanic penguins never leave the nest. Chubut, Argentina

    Magellanic penguins never leave the nest. Chubut, Argentina

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                        Photo: Courtesy Pablo Garcia Borboroglu

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                    Photo: Courtesy of Pablo Garcia Borboroglu

A Magellanic penguin near its nest in Chubut, Argentina

On the other hand, Garcia Borboroglu clarifies that Monogamy in penguins is usually given within a season because it comprises a single couple for the care of the young. But this may vary from season to season.

By the beginning of March the chicks will have changed their feathers, become more waterproof and the parents will have abandoned them. The young will concentrate in groups to go to the sea with their new feeding companions and so it will be until next September, when the cycle begins again.



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