Birds of a feather

Far from being unnatural, same-sex pairings occur in hundreds of species throughout the animal kingdom, including such headline-grabbing couples as Roy and Silo, two male chinstrap penguins who adopted a fertilized egg and hatched a baby female penguin at the Central Park Zoo. Learn more about same-sex behavior among penguins and what researchers are discovering about both sex roles and sexual behavior among species throughout the world.

Featured Content

What's with all the gay penguins?


(2021, February 22). What's With All the Gay Penguins? Museum Studies at Tufts University.

Gender Identity Gender identity icon Our core sense of who we are as a man, a woman, a mixture of both, or neither.

Gender Expression Gender expression icon How we show up in the world through choices like clothing, hair style, mannerisms or tone of voice.

Attraction attraction icon How we feel toward others sexually, romantically and/or emotionally.

Biological Sex Biological sex icon Physical attributes such as reproductive organs and genitalia, chromosomes, genes and hormone levels.

Subscribe to our monthly newsletter to gather insights and real learnings

* indicates required
Privacy Policy *