The robbing behaviour of terns and gulls

Hulsman K. (1976) The robbing behaviour of terns and gulls. Emu, 76 3: 143-149. doi:10.1071/MU9760143

Author Hulsman K.
Title The robbing behaviour of terns and gulls
Journal name Emu   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1448-5540
Publication date 1976-01-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1071/MU9760143
Open Access Status
Volume 76
Issue 3
Start page 143
End page 149
Total pages 7
Publisher Informa UK Limited
Language eng
Subject 1103 Clinical Sciences
2309 Nature and Landscape Conservation
1105 Dentistry
Abstract The robbing behaviour of some larids at One Tree Island, Great Barrier Reef, was observed. Terns usually were moderately successful when robbing members of their own species but stole only a few fish brought into a colony. Between species, Roseate Terns rarely succeeded though they often tried to rob Black-naped Terns whereas Silver Gulls frequently succeeded and often tried to rob Lesser Crested and Crested Terns. The number of attempts by most species was greatest during high tide when the most pirates were round the colonies. The success of Silver Gulls varied in time and place. Some of the variables that affected the success were the number of Gulls attacking a tern, the length of the fish, the size of the pirate relative to its victim and the strategy used.
Keyword Animal Science and Zoology
Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
Nature and Landscape Conservation
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Unknown

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