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1 December 2014 Development of Diving Abilities by Fledgling Brown Boobies (Sula leucogaster) in the Central Gulf of California, México
Eric Mellink, José Alfredo Castillo-Guerrero, Erik Peñaloza-Padilla
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Diving abilities of fledging Brown Boobies (Sula leucogaster) were characterized during the transition to independence period, and potential inter-sex differences (females are larger than males) were evaluated. Mean and maximum diving depths and mean dive duration increased gradually following the fledglings' first flights. The diving rate and the proportion of active dives (U type) increased notably between days 21 and 25 after first flight. However, maximum dive duration was not influenced by time since first flight, and none of the dive variables evaluated was influenced by sex. In Brown Boobies, acquisition of diving abilities by juveniles is a gradual process, and this can be an important driver of their extended post-fledging parental care.

Eric Mellink, José Alfredo Castillo-Guerrero, and Erik Peñaloza-Padilla "Development of Diving Abilities by Fledgling Brown Boobies (Sula leucogaster) in the Central Gulf of California, México," Waterbirds 37(4), 451-456, (1 December 2014). https://doi.org/10.1675/063.037.0414
Received: 31 March 2014; Accepted: 1 May 2014; Published: 1 December 2014
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