Diet of Black-legged Kittiwakes (Rissa tridactyla) feeding chicks at two Irish colonies highlights the importance of clupeids

Lorraine Chivers, Mathieu Lundy, Kendrew Colhoun, Stephen Newton, Neil Reid

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Abstract

We examined regurgitates from Black-legged Kittiwakes during the early chick-rearing period over two breeding seasons at two colonies in Ireland where diet has not been studied previously. Clupeids were the dominant food source at both colonies, which contrasts with other studies throughout the British Isles that suggest Kittiwakes feed mainly on sandeels during this period. Our study is limited
by sample size and restricted to the early breeding season, but suggests a link between reproductive success and dietary composition which should be investigated further.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)363-367
Number of pages5
JournalBird Study
Volume59
Issue number3
Early online date30 Jul 2012
Publication statusPublished - 15 Aug 2012

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Nature and Landscape Conservation

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