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Polar Biology

, Volume 15, Issue 6, pp 453-455

First online:

Diet of the south polar skua Catharacta maccormicki at Cape Bird, Ross Island, Antarctica

  • M. J. MundAffiliated withBiology Department, University of New Mexico
  • , G. D. MillerAffiliated withBiology Department, University of New Mexico

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Regurgitated pellets and fecal samples from south polar skuas Catharacta maccormicki breeding on Ross Island were analyzed for diet items. Adult penguin feathers were found in 79% of all the pellets and 42% of the fecal samples. Evidence of fish was found in 26% of the pellets and 39% of the fecal samples. The amount of refuse in the diet of skuas on Ross Island was directly related to the distance from McMurdo Station.