Marine Biology

, Volume 161, Issue 3, pp 657–668 | Cite as

Foraging movements and habitat niche of two closely related seabirds breeding in sympatry

  • Isabel Afán
  • Joan Navarro
  • Laura Cardador
  • Francisco Ramírez
  • Akiko Kato
  • Beneharo Rodríguez
  • Yan Ropert-Coudert
  • Manuela G. Forero
Original Paper

Abstract

As central-place foragers, pelagic seabirds are constrained by spatiotemporal heterogeneity to find productive marine areas and compete for prey. We analysed 97 foraging trips to study the movement and oceanographic characteristics of foraging habitats of two different—yet closely related—species of shearwaters (Scopoli’s shearwater Calonectris diomedea and Cory’s shearwater C. borealis) breeding in sympatry in the Mediterranean. We combined various methodological approaches (GPS-tracking, species distribution modelling and stable isotope analysis) to explore the foraging strategies of these two species. Isotopic results suggested that trophic habits of both shearwater species were similar, mainly based on pelagic fish consumption. Foraging areas of both species were characterized by shallow waters near the colony. Both shearwater species exploited persistent productive marine areas. The foraging areas of the two species broadly overlapped during the incubation period, but during chick-rearing period, Scopoli’s shearwaters apparently foraged in different areas than Cory’s shearwaters.

Supplementary material

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Figure S1 Adjust of the threshold speed for resting locations, from the lower limit of the inferring bimodal distribution of the speed transformation (ln (speed + 1)). (TIFF 10603 kb)
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Figure S2 Exceptional Cory’s shearwater longest trip during incubation stage. Foraging areas were identified only up to 33°N. (TIFF 8036 kb)

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Isabel Afán
    • 1
  • Joan Navarro
    • 2
  • Laura Cardador
    • 3
  • Francisco Ramírez
    • 4
  • Akiko Kato
    • 6
    • 7
  • Beneharo Rodríguez
    • 5
  • Yan Ropert-Coudert
    • 6
    • 7
  • Manuela G. Forero
    • 4
  1. 1.Laboratorio de SIG y Teledetección (LAST-EBD)Estación Biológica de Doñana (EBD-CSIC)SevillaSpain
  2. 2.Institut de Ciències del Mar (ICM-CSIC)BarcelonaSpain
  3. 3.Forest Sciences Center of Catalonia (CTFC)SolsonaSpain
  4. 4.Departamento de Biología de la ConservaciónEstación Biológica de Doñana (EBD-CSIC)SevillaSpain
  5. 5.SEO/BirdLifeLa Laguna, TenerifeSpain
  6. 6.IPHCUniversité de StrasbourgStrasbourgFrance
  7. 7.CNRSStrasbourgFrance

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