oa Madoqua - Daily patterns of behaviour compared between two sand-grouse species (Aves: Pteroclididae) in captivity

Volume 12, Issue 4
  • ISSN : 1011-5498



Captive Pterocles namaqua and P. bicinctus showed behavioural adaptations for thermoregulation and water conservation. Reduction of environmental and metabolic heat loads by day, and conservation of metabolic heat at night, were achieved by altering activity levels and by exploiting or creating appropriate microclimatic conditions.

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