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1 June 2012 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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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 October–December 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.

Robert Gubiani, Sonya Benjamin, and Sabir Bin Muzaffar "First Record of Cannibalism in Socotra Cormorants (Phalacrocorax nigrogularis): Large, Immature Birds Opportunistically Feed on Younger Conspecifics," Waterbirds 35(2), 338-341, (1 June 2012). https://doi.org/10.1675/063.035.0215
Received: 24 January 2012; Accepted: 1 April 2012; Published: 1 June 2012
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