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Penguin profiles: 10 fascinating flightless birds

By: Laura Moss on May 17, 2017, 9:50 a.m.
Emperor penguins walk along a beach

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Penguin popularity

Since the Academy Award-winning documentary "March of the Penguins" debuted, penguins have held a prominent place in popular culture. From books and movies to clothing and home décor, these adorable flightless birds can be found pretty much everywhere.

There are 17 to 20 different species of penguins in existence today, and they're found across the Southern Hemisphere — from the Galapagos Islands to Antarctica. Here, we take a look at several penguin species to learn more about the flippered birds that have captured our imaginations.