Story: Gulls, terns and skuas

Feeding a chick

The main food fed to red-billed gull chicks is krill, but the amount available varies from year to year. When food is scarce most of the chicks do not survive. Parents have to choose between taking turns to guard the chick from predators (including neighbouring black-backed gulls), and both going to sea to find food.

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Gerard Hutching, 'Gulls, terns and skuas - Red- and black-billed gulls', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 8 December 2021)

Story by Gerard Hutching, published 12 Jun 2006, reviewed & revised 17 Feb 2015