Krill-feeding behaviour in a chinstrap penguin Pygoscelis antarctica compared with fish-eating in Magellanic penguins Spheniscus magellanicus: a pilot study

Inferring feeding activities from undulations in diving depth profiles is widespread in studies of foraging marine predators. This idea, however, has rarely been tested because of practical difficulties in obtaining an independent estimate of feeding activities at a time scale corresponding to depth changes within a dive. In this study we attempted to relate depth profile undulations and feeding activities during diving in a single Chinstrap Penguin Pygoscelis antarctica, by simultaneously using a conventional time-depth recorder and a recently developed beak-angle sensor. Although failure in device attachments meant that data were obtained successfully from just a part of a single foraging trip, our preliminary results show a linear relationship between the number of depth wiggles and the number of underwater beak-opening events during a dive, suggesting that the relative feeding intensity of each dive could be represented by depth-profile data. Underwater beak-opening patterns of this krill-feeding penguin species are compared with recent data from three fish- and squid-feeding Magellanic Penguins Spheniscus magellanicus.


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Authors: Takahashi, A., Dunn, M.J., Trathan, P.N. ORCIDORCID record for P.N. Trathan, Croxall, J.P., Wilson, R.P., Sato, K., Naito, Y.

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1 January, 2004
Marine Ornithology / 32