Energetic costs of diving and prey-capture capabilities in cormorants and shags (Phalacrocoracidae) underline their unique adaptation to the aquatic environment

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Cormorants and shags are foot propelled pursuit divers that forage on benthic and pelagic fish. Previous studies suggested that diving in cormorants is extremely costly, and this is usually attributed to their partially wettable plumage and inefficient mode of propulsion. We investigated the energetic requirements of three Phalacrocorax species during… (More)
DOI: 10.1007/s10336-007-0203-8

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