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Measurements of bill length, body weight, analysis of stomach contents and count of bird movements to and from a colony at Cape Bird to examine feeding behaviour of Adelie penguins
Entry ID: K014_1973_1974_NZ_3

Abstract: Weights and bill measurements of 300 adelie penguins (Pygoscelis adeliae) leaving the colony and returning from fishing were taken (10 every 2 days) and stomach samples were collected from 17 birds to investigate feeding in adelie penguins. Hourly counts were made of birds leaving and returning to the rookery between 15 December to 5 January and 12 January to 14 January to determine if there is a diurnal rhythm. A distinct cycle was recorded with peaks of activity at 2:00 am. In addition, skeletons of dead birds were collected and cleaned: emperor penguins, adelie penguins, skua, snow and Antarctic petrels. Three tapes were made of penguin and skua calls.
Geographic Coverage
Spatial coordinates   
  N: -77.17   S: -77.17   E: 166.68   W: 166.68

Temporal Coverage
Start Date: 1973-12-23
Stop Date: 1974-02-02
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start here with 1 in span in link Ancillary Description
here with 2 in span in link Ancillary Description
Quality A very early expedition with limited information available. No field notebooks still exist. Some of the skeletons collected were deposited at the Canterbury Museum and in the University of Canterbury Zoology department. Any existing data and results are in the publications.
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Paulin, C.D. Feeding of Adélie penguin (Pygoscelis adeliae). Mauri ora 3: 27-30, 1975.

Paulin, C.D. Sagar, P.M. Diurnal activity of the Adélie penguin. Notornis 24(3): 158-160, 1977.
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