Originally published in 1986, this book is concerned with the ways in which seabirds function as predators in the marine environment; in particular about how they find and catch food and how much of it they consume. It reviews both the feeding ecology of seabirds (including adaptations for flight and diving) and also most of the leading field studies (in polar, temperate and tropical regions) that have quantitatively examined the interactions of seabird communities with their prey.
1. Introduction J. P. Croxall; 2 Scale-dependent processes in the physical and biological environment of marine birds G. L. Hunt Jr. and D. C. Schneider; 3. Flight of seabirds C. J. Pennycuick; 4. Diving behavior and performance, with special reference to penguins G. L. Kooyman and R. W. Davis; 5. Kleptoparasitism in seabirds R. W. Furness; 6. The food and feeding ecology of penguins J. P. Croxall and G. S. Lishman; 7. Diet and feeding ecology of Procellariiformes P. A. Prince and R. A. Morgan; 8. Pelecaniform feeding ecology Ralph W. Schreiber and Roger B. Clapp; 9. Feeding ecology of the Alcidae in the eastern North Pacific Ocean Kees Vermeer, Spencer G. Sealy and Gerald A. Sanger; 10. Trophic levels and trophic relationships of seabirds in the Gulf of Alaska Gerald A. Sanger; 11. Energy flux to pelagic birds: a comparison of Bristol Bay (Bering Sea) and Georges Bank (Northwest Atlantic) C. Schneider, G. L. Hunt Jr. and K. D. Powers; 12. Trophic relationships and food requirements of California seabirds: updating models of trophic impact Kenneth T. Briggs and Ellen W. Chu; 13. Trophic relationships among tropical seabirds at the Hawaiian Islands Craig S. Harrison and Michael P. Seki; 14. Historical variations in food consumption by breeding seabirds of the Humboldt and Benguela upwelling regions David Cameron Duffy and W. Roy Siegfried; 15. Seabirds as predators on marine resources, especially krill, at South Georgia J. P. Croxall and P. A. Prince; 16. Conclusions J. P. Croxall.