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1 September 2015 Forensic Techniques Identify the First Record of Snowy Owl (Bubo scandiacus) Feeding on a Razorbill (Alca torda)
Carla J. Dove, Charles P. J. Coddington
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Abstract

Stomach contents were analyzed using microscopic feather characters and osteological comparisons to document the first record of a Razorbill (Alca torda) being eaten by a Snowy Owl (Bubo scandiacus). Careful comparisons of fragmented morphological evidence in combination with geographic location and other circumstantial data can enhance dietary analyses, especially when it is difficult to obtain DNA sequences from the degraded and digested stomach contents.

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Carla J. Dove and Charles P. J. Coddington "Forensic Techniques Identify the First Record of Snowy Owl (Bubo scandiacus) Feeding on a Razorbill (Alca torda)," The Wilson Journal of Ornithology 127(3), 503-506, (1 September 2015). https://doi.org/10.1676/14-176.1
Received: 4 December 2014; Accepted: 1 February 2015; Published: 1 September 2015
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food items
microscopy
osteological comparisons
Razorbill
Snowy Owl
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