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Oystercatchers' bill shapes as a proxy for diet specialization: more differentiation than meets the eye

van de Pol, Martijn; Ens, Bruno J.; Oosterbeek, Kees; Brouwer, Lyanne; Verhulst, Simon; Tinbergen, Joost M.; Rutten, Anne L.; de Jong, Martin


Eurasian Oystercatchers Haematopus ostralegus ostralegus are a classic example of individual feeding specialization. Feeding specialization causes morphological differentiation in Oystercatchers' bill shapes due to varying degrees of abrasion associated with specific handling techniques for each prey species. Consequently, the Oystercatcher's bill shape has been used as a proxy for diet specialization, as it provides a quick and easy way to assess the diet choice of this marine top-predator....[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2009
Type: Journal article
Source: Ardea


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