First record of cannibalism in Socotra cormorants (Phalacrocorax nigrogularis): Large, immature birds opportunistically feed on younger conspecifics

Robert Gubiani, Sonya Benjamin, Sabir Bin Muzaffar

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Abstract

Cannibalism has never been documented in any species of cormorant. While conducting a study on the Socotra Cormorant (Phalacrocorax nigrogularis) colony of Siniya Island, Umm Al Quwain, United Arab Emirates, several instances of heterocannibalism were observed and photographed during OctoberDecember 2011. Older fledgling chicks were observed consuming younger altricial chicks. Such behavior may be due to a period of forced starvation, caused by abandonment by the parents in the third creching stage. The frequency of observed events suggests that this behavior may be common in Socotra Cormorants and should be investigated to determine possible causes and effects on the conservation of the species.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)338-341
Number of pages4
JournalWaterbirds
Volume35
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2012

Keywords

  • Phalacrocorax nigrogularis
  • Socotra Cormorant
  • cannibalism
  • creching

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Animal Science and Zoology

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