Skua and Penguin: Predator and Prey

Skua and Penguin: Predator and Prey

by Euan Young
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521018137

ISBN-13: 9780521018135

Pub. Date: 07/31/2005

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Areas of barren rock and scree around the edge of Antarctica provide a breeding ground for two of the continent's most well-known species of bird: the south polar skua and the Adelie penguin. This book considers the relationship between these two species, taking as its study site Ross Island. The author challenges the traditional view, through detailed

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Overview

Areas of barren rock and scree around the edge of Antarctica provide a breeding ground for two of the continent's most well-known species of bird: the south polar skua and the Adelie penguin. This book considers the relationship between these two species, taking as its study site Ross Island. The author challenges the traditional view, through detailed observations of the foraging ecology of the skua, that they are totally dependant on penguin eggs and chicks for food. In addition, studies of the impact of skuas on penguin breeding and the extent to which the skua breeding cycle is functionally related to that of the penguin provide further evidence to suggest that the two species occur together independently as a consequence of limited breeding space, rather than as a result of a distinct predator-prey relationship.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521018135
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
07/31/2005
Series:
Studies in Polar Research Series
Pages:
472
Product dimensions:
6.85(w) x 9.72(h) x 0.94(d)

Table of Contents

1. Introduction; 2. The study area. Ross Island and the Cape Bird penguin colonies; 3. The range of foods available to the skuas at Cape Bird during the breeding season; 4. The biomass of penguin eggs and chicks on the Northern Colony; 5. Factors of penguin biology that constrain or assist skua predation; 6. Description of scavenging and predatory behaviour of skuas and the defensive behaviour of penguins; 7. The diversity and intensity of skua foraging behaviour on the penguin colony; 8. The amount of food taken by the skuas from the penguin colony; 9. The costs and returns of foraging at the colony and at sea; 10. Immediate impact of the contestants on each other; 11. Appreciating the penguins; 12. Associating together. The longer term implications; 13. Synthesis; Appendices; References; Index.

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