Displacement of a large double-crested Cormorant, ...

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Title Displacement of a large double-crested Cormorant, Phalacrocorax auritus, colony following human disturbance
Author(s) D. K. Cairns, R. L. Dibblee, Pierre Y. Daoust
Journal Canadian Field-Naturalist
Date 1998
Volume 112
Issue 3
Start page 520
End page 522
Abstract Double-crested Cormorants (Phalacrocorax auritus) breeding at a Prince Edward Island colony, the largest in northeastern North America, shifted their nesting location to a nearby island after springtime shooting at the colony. Post-shift numbers at the new site (4525 nests) were 92% of the previous combined population of the two colonies. Clutch size and hatching date were similar before and after the move. Disturbance-induced displacements of seabird colonies are rare; this shift may have been caused by perturbation during a sensitive period prior to laying.

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