Emperor penguins are distinguished from king penguins,
the only other penguin species they could possibly be confused with,
by the yellow feathers in the ear region that fade to white. King
penguins have orange ear feathers and the coloured patch is banded by
a thin line of black feathers.
This picture also shows how difficult it is to get
a good portrait of an emperor penguin and show the eye rather than it
disappearing into the matt black of the surrounding feathers.
This picture by Jerome Maison. © 2005 Bonne Pioche
Productions / Alliance De Production Cinematographique.
Warner Brothers film The March of the Penguins used here by permission
Warner Bros - March of the
Picture book of the movie