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Distribution of New Zealand king shags (Leucocarbo carunculatus) foraging from the Trio Is and Stewart I colonies, Marlborough Sounds, New Zealand

TitleDistribution of New Zealand king shags (Leucocarbo carunculatus) foraging from the Trio Is and Stewart I colonies, Marlborough Sounds, New Zealand
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2006
AuthorsSchuckard, R
JournalNotornis
Volume53
Issue3
Pagination291-296
Type of Articlearticle
Keywordsforaging depth, foraging range, foraging times, Leucocarbo carunculatus, New Zealand King Shag
Abstract

King shags (Leucocarbo carunculatus) dispersing to feeding areas from breeding colonies on the Trio Islands and Stewart Island began to leave colonies around dawn, and most had left by mid-morning. Foraging birds were distributed throughout Admiralty Bay, the average distance from the colony was c. 10 km, and were observed only rarely where the water depth was >50 m. Greater areas of mussel farms in inshore waters could potentially affect king shags by restricting the area available for foraging.

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