Author: Niethammer, Kenneth R.; Balazs, Georges H.; Nakai, Glynnis L.; McDermond, Duane K.
Title: Great Frigatebird (Fregata Minor) Predation: Not a Factor in Hatchling Green Turtle (Chelonia Mydas) Survival at French Frigate Shoals, Hawaii
Journal: Colonial Waterbirds
Keywords: Cheldonia mydas; Fregata minor; Great Frigatebird; green turtle; Hawaiian islands; predation
Abstract: Frigatebirds are known predators of sea turtle hatchlings at several locations worldwide. At certain localities this predation might excerbate the already endangered status of these marine reptiles. French Frigate Shoals, Hawaii is where over 90% of all Hawaiian green turtle (Chelonia mydas) breeding occurs and is site of a large Great Frigatebird (Fregata minor) colony. Frigatebird predation was not a factor in hatchling survival at this location. We found no evidence of green turtle hatchlings in the stomach contents of 200 Great Frigatebirds sampled during peak periods of hatching emergence in 1988 and 1989.