Prey resources used for producing egg yolks in four species of seabirds: insight from stable-isotope ratios
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Carbon and nitrogen stable-isotope ratios were measured in the egg yolks of four species of seabirds in Teuri Island and Rishiri Island, Japan. Delta <sup>15</sup>N of the yolks of Rhinoceros Auklets <i>Cerorhinca monocerata</i> (11.2–12.3‰) and Black-tailed Gulls <i>Larus crassirostris</i> (11.3–12.5‰) were lower than those of Slaty-backed Gulls <i>Larus schistisagus</i> (13.4–14.2‰) and Japanese Cormorants <i>Phalacrocorax capillatus</i> (14.0–16.2‰); suggesting that the former two species foraged mainly on low trophic level small fishes and sometimes on krill, while the latter two species fed on higher trophic level prey and larger fishes.
- ORNITHOLOGICAL SCIENCE
ORNITHOLOGICAL SCIENCE 11(2), 113-119, 2012
The Ornithological Society of Japan