Polar Biology

, Volume 39, Issue 2, pp 391–395

Kleptoparasitism in foraging gentoo penguins Pygoscelis papua

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DOI: 10.1007/s00300-015-1772-2

Cite this article as:
Handley, J.M. & Pistorius, P. Polar Biol (2016) 39: 391. doi:10.1007/s00300-015-1772-2


An ongoing challenge in marine top predator research is understanding processes that are responsible for patterns that are often derived from land-based access to individuals. The use of animal-borne camera loggers, however, is proving useful in this regard as researchers can directly observe species and habitat-associated interactions. During an ongoing study investigating the foraging ecology of gentoo penguins (Pygoscelis papua) at the Falkland Islands, we observed the first attempted underwater intraspecific kleptoparasitism event for a penguin. This was revealed through a bird deployed with an animal-borne camera logger. Although unsuccessful in its attempt, the new reported behaviour highlights a novel interaction and further demonstrates the value of cameras in better understanding the ecology of marine vertebrates.


Pygoscelis Penguin Camera Kleptoparasitism 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.DST/NRF Centre of Excellence at the Percy FitzPatrick Institute, Department of ZoologyNelson Mandela Metropolitan UniversitySummerstrandSouth Africa
  2. 2.Falklands ConservationStanleyFalkland Islands

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