Polar Biology

, Volume 15, Issue 6, pp 453–455

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


  • M. J. Mund
    • Biology DepartmentUniversity of New Mexico
  • G. D. Miller
    • Biology DepartmentUniversity of New Mexico
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DOI: 10.1007/BF00239723

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Mund, M.J. & Miller, G.D. Polar Biol (1995) 15: 453. doi:10.1007/BF00239723


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.

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