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Kannibalisme bij de Kleine Mantelmeeuw Larus fuscus op Texel: een gedocumenteerd geval Cannibalism in Lesser Black-Backed Gulls at Texel, a Documented Case
Camphuysen, K.C.J. (2011). Kannibalisme bij de Kleine Mantelmeeuw Larus fuscus op Texel: een gedocumenteerd geval Cannibalism in Lesser Black-Backed Gulls at Texel, a Documented Case. Sula 24(2): 83-90
In: Sula: tijdschrift van de Nederlandse Zeevogelgroep. Nederlandse Zeevogelgroep: Scheveningen; Oudeschild, Texel; Zeist. ISSN 0926-132X, more
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Abstract
    Cannibalism is a well-known feature in high density gull colonies around theworld. At Texel, cannibalism among Lesser Black-backed Gulls (>60% in someyears) is the main reason why the reproductive success is often low. Threetypes of cannibalism occur: specialist cannibalistic birds, opportunisticcannibalism (e.g. during disturbance of the colony) and structural cannibalism,when a large number of adults in engaged in frequent attacks of chickseverywhere in the colony. A complete kill of a presumed cannibalistic specialistis photographed and described here, with a chick begging for food from theonset of the event.

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