Latest Kittiwake Stories
Gut bacteria are known to have a central role both in human and in animal health. Animals acquire different bacteria as they age but how the microbial communities in the bodies of wild animals change over time is not well understood.
Male and female kittiwakes smell different from each other, according to research by Sarah Leclaire from the Centre national de la recherche scientifique at the UniversitÃ© Paul Sabatier in France and her team.
One of Britain's best known seabirds winters on opposite sides of the Atlantic depending on whether its breeding attempt has been successful.
Warmer, wetter weather in the Canadian Arctic could create problems for nesting seabirds
An Austrian-led study has found the black-legged kittiwake bird, a monogamous species, has the ability to choose partners with a different genetic profile. The researchers, led by Richard Wagner from the Konrad Lorenz Institute for Ethology of the Austrian Academy of Sciences, said avoidance of inbreeding is evident among humans, and has been demonstrated in some shorebirds, mice and sand lizards.
A new report shows that Scotland's seabird numbers plunged by 19 percent between 2000 and 2008.
The recent wet summers have been blamed for a decline in seabirds nesting and breeding in Westcountry waters. For the last two years, kittiwakes at colonies including the Isles of Scilly and Hallsands, in South Devon, have not produced any young.
By DAVID ROSS HIGHLAND CORRESPONDENT LIKE the canary in the coalmine, our seabirds' welfare indicates the health of our marine environment and it has already sounded the alarm, according to RSPB Scotland.
By Emily Pykett SCOTLAND'S seabirds could be in the grip of another dire year, according to the latest counts of nesting birds across the UK.
The Kittiwakes, from the genus Rissa, are two closely related seabird species in the gull family Laridae. The more common and widespread species, Rissa tridactyla, is known in North America as Black-legged Kittiwake. However, in Europe, where it is the only member of the genus, it is often known just as Kittiwake. Adults are on average 40 cm in length and have a wingspan of 90"“100 cm. They have a white head and body, grey back, grey wings tipped solid black, and have black legs and a...
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