Automated measurement of meal sizes and feeding frequency in albatrosses.

Published online
02 Sep 1985
Content type
Journal article
Journal title
Journal of Applied Ecology

Prince, P. A. & Walton, D. W. H.

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An artificial nest incorporating an automated weighing device, suitable for chick growth studies on some species of seabirds, is described. The operating weight range is 1-7 kg, with an accuracy of ± 15 g throughout; data can be recorded onto magnetic tape automatically and multiple nests may be operated simultaneously. Sample data from grey-headed albatrosses on South Georgia, showing the recording of the timing, size and frequency of meals and the pattern of weight loss by chicks between meals, are presented.

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