The Earlylife research program focuses on the first year at sea of juvenile top predators such as seabirds and sea mammals.
This video is one of a series of short films showing the different strategies throughout a large latitudinal gradient.
Learn more about the EarlyLife research Program : earlylife-erc.com
In tropical areas, seabirds like frigatebirds become progressively independent of parents. They manage to fish by themselves, doing foraging trips at sea but returning on the nest where they are still fed by the female only. This transition phase to independence is the longest learning period found in any birds. After dispersal juvenile gliders travel long distance in the Indian Ocean, dealing with the wind in a marine habitat where the resource is patchy and unpredictable. Because of their no waterproof plumage, frigatebirds is an atypical seabird that never touches the sea surface and flies for several weeks without landing…In this context, we assume that experience could be the key of survival for this fascinating seabird.