oa Madoqua - Daily patterns of behaviour compared between two sand-grouse species (Aves: Pteroclididae) in captivity
|Article Title||Daily patterns of behaviour compared between two sand-grouse species (Aves: Pteroclididae) in captivity|
|© Publisher:||Namibian Ministry of Environment and Tourism|
|Affiliations||1 *Department or Zoology, University College, Cardiff, Great Britain. **Department of Zoology, University of Natal, Pietermaritzburg|
|Publication Date||Jan 1981|
|Pages||187 - 198|
|Keyword(s)||Ambulatory activity, Aviary dimensions, Aviary microclimate, Biological productivity, Crypsis, Dehydration, Drinking, Eiusiveness, Feeding, Gular fluttering, Huddling, Insolation, Mist-netting, Morning fog, Non-breeding birds, Preening, Solar zenith, Stance, Thermistor temperatures, Wary disposition, Water-hole and Weight|
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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