Development of Behavior in Seabirds: An Ecological Perspective

  • Roger M. Evans


Young seabirds are decidedly terrestrial creatures that spend all or a large part of their prefledging developmental period on or near the surface of the ground, cliffs, or other firm substrates. Consequently, the developing seabird faces problems in adaptation to its natal environment that are common to a wide range of birds, including species whose entire life cycle is restricted to terrestrial habitats. Despite their early terrestrial existence, however, young seabirds are also irrevocably linked to the primarily marine ecology of their parents, whose selection of breeding habitat and foraging behavior imposes strong selective constraints on the developmental adaptations of the young (Lack, 1968). The interaction of these terrestrial and marine influences provides a unique blend of selective forces that underlie the diversity and richness of developmental patterns found in seabirds today. This review is an attempt to describe some of this diversity, and where possible to relate it to the particular ecological conditions to which the individuals of particular species are adapted.


Nest Site Individual Recognition Common Tern Herring Gull Sibling Aggression 
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  • Roger M. Evans
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  1. 1.Department of ZoologyUniversity of ManitobaWinnipegCanada

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