Polar Biology

, Volume 33, Issue 10, pp 1437–1438 | Cite as

An observation of between-mates feeding behaviour in chick-guarding chinstrap penguins

  • Yoshihisa MoriEmail author
  • Nobuo Kokubun
  • Hyoung-Chul Shin
  • Akinori Takahashi
Short Note


Courtship feeding has not been reported for chinstrap penguins (Pygoscelis antarctica). However, we observed a male chinstrap penguin fed to his mate during the guard stage of chick. After being fed, the female regurgitated the food to her chick. Our observation suggests that the chicks’ behaviour of begging for food may be retained in adults, but it is usually restrained.


Between-mates feeding Chinstrap penguins Courtship feeding Pygoscelis antarctica 



We would like to thank all the members of the King Sejong Station, Korea Polar Research Institute for logistics support in the field. Anonymous referees gave a lot of constructive and helpful comments.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Yoshihisa Mori
    • 1
    Email author
  • Nobuo Kokubun
    • 2
  • Hyoung-Chul Shin
    • 3
  • Akinori Takahashi
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Animal SciencesTeikyo University of Science & TechnologyUenoharaJapan
  2. 2.National Institute of Polar ResearchTachikawaJapan
  3. 3.Korea Polar Research InstituteIncheonKorea

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