Unlike the emperor penguins whose colonies literally cover each others backs (when they huddle during storms on the ice), the adelie do find safety in numbers but squabble over rocks and nesting sites. They build a little circle of rocks so their eggs cannot roll away and become victim to a skua and they lay in the circle on top of the eggs to wait out storms.

Documentaries featuring penguins in Antarctica will often include a few entertaining clips of some adelies running back and forth snagging rocks from each others nests to the tune of some silly music.