Polar Biology

, Volume 39, Issue 2, pp 391–395

Kleptoparasitism in foraging gentoo penguins Pygoscelis papua

Short Note


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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