A very crowded colony of king penguins

Colonial

Colonial animals live in large groups in close proximity to one other. Colonies might exist only at specific times of the year such as the nesting season for many seabirds. Others, such as a beehive or a den of meerkats, contain a single social unit,and often last for longer than the lifetime of an individual member.

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Animals with this behaviour

Mammals

Birds

Reptiles

Ray-finned fishes

Insects

Jellyfish

Behaviours

Other Social behaviour behaviours

Habitats

Habitats where this adaptation is useful

BBC News about Colonial

  • Gannet colony's population spurt The number of gannets breeding on an island off the Pembrokeshire coast is continuing to increase, a new survey has revealed.

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