Alloparental feeding in the king penguin

We investigated allofeeding (feeding of offspring by adults other than their own parents) in the king penguin, Aptenodytes patagonicus, a long-lived pelagic bird that faces severe food shortages during its reproduction and in which parents leave their fasting chick in dense cre`ches. A 1-year monitoring of 103 breeding pairs and 70 chicks was carried out […]