“Yes, that's right, I'm plain. Adélies are your favourite kind of penguin? You don't mean that. Hm? Join PPP? No way. Ask another colony, please.”
—Adélie Penguin's introduction
Adélie Penguin has jet-black hair styled in a bobcut. The back end of her hair flares out behind her and tapers to a point, fading to an orange color; in conjunction with her wireless white-and-black headphones, they resemble the penguin's real-life profile. A black tail protrudes from her lower back. The front of her hair casts a shadow on her eyes and the upper half of her face; her eyes themselves are a brown-maroon color.
She is dressed in a simple, two-toned turtleneck dress ending above the knee, with a design reflective of the Adélie's plumage. Her dress includes sleeves which double as mittens, like other penguin Friends, as well as small pockets on either side of her stomach. She wears pink sneakers with dark brown capping on the toes, and loose-fitting white socks.
In Real Life
The Adélie is a species of penguin which lives along the entire Antarctic coast, making it one of the most southerly distributed of all animals, a testament to the bird's ability to thrive in a harsh and frigid climate. It shares its genus with the gentoo penguin and chinstrap penguin. It is a mid-sized penguin with a two-tone appearance often compared to a tuxedo. Its most distinctive feature is likely its pair of beady, dark eyes, starkly contrasted by the white rings which surround them.
Adélie penguins live in colonies which vary greatly in size, with some reported to number in the quarter-million range, where they congregate for breeding season every year. As a "safety net" to prepare for eggs being stolen by predators like skua, two eggs are laid at a time. Their chicks, gray and downy in appearance, moult into their juvenile plumage about two months after birth, and are thenceforth able to go out to sea.
They are known to migrate long distances around the Antarctic Circle, at times exceeding 10,000 miles in a single trek. Similar to other penguins, they have a seafaring diet that heavily features krill. Adélies are subject to predation by leopard seals, skuas, and occasionally killer whales.
Explorers and scientists who have observed the penguins have taken note of their curious, brave and often recklessly obstinate character. Unlike their gentoo cousins, they do not fear humans or even dogs brought by explorers, approaching them without the slightest hint of intimidation; sometimes at the expense of their own lives. In the words of Aplsey Cherry-Garrard, "They are extraordinarily like children, these little people of the Antarctic world, either like children or like old men, full of their own importance."
- Adélie Penguin is named after Adélie Land, a territory of Antarctica claimed by France, which the bird is often known to migrate to. Adélie Land itself is named after Adèle Dumont D'Urville, wife of explorer Jules Dumont D'Urville, who discovered the penguins in 1840. "Adélie" was her nickname.