Provisioning rate and attendance patterns of wandering albatrosses at Bird Island, South Georgia

Berrow, Simon D.; Croxall, John P.. 2001 Provisioning rate and attendance patterns of wandering albatrosses at Bird Island, South Georgia. Condor, 103 (2). 230-239. 10.1650/0010-5422(2001)103[0230:PRAAPO]2.0.CO;2

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We investigated foraging behavior of Wandering Albatrosses (Diomedea exulans) breeding at South Georgia to assess how sex and season-specific foraging patterns relate to provisioning performance. We estimated Wandering Albatross chicks require 60–65 kg of food over the chick-rearing period; males deliver 54% of this total. Meal size delivered by both sexes remained essentially constant throughout the post-brooding chick-rearing period, but foraging trip duration varied considerably. Females made consistently longer foraging trips and delivered smaller meals but transported an average load that was 20% heavier in proportion to their body mass than males. We suggest that chick-rearing places greater demands on females compared with males and Wandering Albatrosses work hard to deliver food during the first half of chick rearing (at the expense of their own condition), thereafter reduce their work rate, presumably so as not to compromise their survival.

Item Type: Publication - Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): 10.1650/0010-5422(2001)103[0230:PRAAPO]2.0.CO;2
Programmes: BAS Programmes > Pre 2000 programme
ISSN: 0010-5422
Additional Keywords: attendance pattern, chick provisioning, Diomedea exulans, foraging rate, meal size, Wandering Albatross
Date made live: 13 Jun 2012 10:21 +0 (UTC)

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