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I have a book from Dorling Kindersley called Animal Encyclopedia (the German version that I have is called Das große Tierlexikon) with images from animals.

One is titled Emperor Penguin (Kaiserpinguin) which is in my opinion clearly recognizable as a King Penguin (Königspinguin).

This is the image: Emperor or King

I wrote to Dorling Kindersley and they told my that their investigation revealed that it really is an Emperor Penguin.

I am not a biologist nor a penguin expert, but from all the descriptions and images I could find (even in the same book on other pages!) I think the publishing company is wrong and just too lazy or arrogant to admit this error and too miserly to release a revised version of the book.

Who is wrong? Me or Dorling Kindersley? Emperor or King?

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Found this image here. I've also seen references to the "closed orange ear patch" of the King Penguin, which fits with the image. So my vote is for the DK image being a King Penguin.

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Are you an expert at this? Ornithologist or something? That would be of more value for me. I have the same opinion as you have because of the closed orange ear patch. But maybe there are other indicators which are not that obvious for us amateurs. – erik Jan 23 '13 at 12:38
No I'm not an expert, just an amateur like you. – Alan Boyd Jan 23 '13 at 13:20

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