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FIRST BREEDING RECORDS OF KELP GULLS LARUS DOMINICANUS VETULA AT ROBBEN ISLAND, WESTERN CAPE, SOUTH AFRICA

K M CALF, J COOPER, L G UNDERHILL

Abstract


The first recorded breeding of kelp gulls Larus dominicanus vetula on Robben Island, Western Cape, South Africa, took place in 2000, when five nests were recorded. In 2001, there were 15 nests and 29 fledglings. The initiation of breeding by kelp gulls on Robben Island is likely a response to the reduction of disturbance since the Robben Island Museum took control of the island.

Afr. J. mar. Sci. 25: 391–393



http://dx.doi.org/10.2989/18142320309504027
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