Polar Biology

, Volume 15, Issue 6, pp 453–455 | Cite as

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

  • M. J. Mund
  • G. D. Miller
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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.


Fecal Sample Diet Item South Polar Skua Adult Penguin Penguin Feather 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • M. J. Mund
    • 1
  • G. D. Miller
    • 1
  1. 1.Biology DepartmentUniversity of New MexicoAlbuquerqueUSA

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