Diet of the European Shag Gulosus aristotelis during the non-breeding season at a roost within a tidal channel

Natalie Isaksson*, Shaun Fraser, Jonathan D.R. Houghton, Benjamin J. Williamson, Jared Wilson, Elizabeth A. Masden

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Abstract

The diet of the European Shag Gulosus aristotelis was assessed at one of their most northerly roosts in the UK; Bluemull Sound, Shetland. One pellet and 40 faecal samples were collected during the non-breeding season. The most frequent prey was Velvet Swimming Crab Necora puber, while the highest number of otoliths were from Saithe Pollachius virens and estimated mean (±sd) fish length was 143.9 ± 66.9 mm (range 81.4–223.6 mm).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)103-107
Number of pages5
JournalBird Study
Volume71
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 21 Feb 2024

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© 2024 The Author(s). Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group.

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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

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