Skuas (Stercorarius spp.) moult body feathers during both the breeding and inter‐breeding periods: implications for stable isotope investigations in seabirds

@article{Grilli2017SkuasS,
  title={Skuas (Stercorarius spp.) moult body feathers during both the breeding and inter‐breeding periods: implications for stable isotope investigations in seabirds},
  author={M. Grilli and Y. Cherel},
  journal={Ibis},
  year={2017},
  volume={159},
  pages={266-271}
}
  • M. Grilli, Y. Cherel
  • Published 2017
  • Biology
  • Ibis
  • Seabirds are mostly thought to moult during the inter-breeding period and the isotopic values of their feathers are often therefore assumed to relate to their assimilated diet during such periods. We observed Brown Skuas Stercorarius antarcticus lonnbergi and South Polar Skuas Stercorarius maccormicki moulting on a breeding site at King George Island, Antarctica. This raises concerns about the reliability of using stable isotopes in feathers to infer feeding localities of birds during the inter… CONTINUE READING
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