Stock Photo: King penguin Aptenodytes patagonicus breeding and nesting colony on South Georgia Island, Southern Ocean. King penguin Aptenodytes patagonicus breeding and nesting colony on South Georgia Island, Southern Ocean MORE INFO The king penguin is the second largest species of penguin at about 90 cm 3 ft tall and weighing 11 to 16 kg 24 to 35 lb, second only to the emperor penguin The total population is estimated to be 2 23 million pairs and is increasing The king penguin was described in 1778 by E