Avian brood patch temperature: relationships with female body size, incubation period, developmental maturity and phylogeny

Deeming, Charles (2008) Avian brood patch temperature: relationships with female body size, incubation period, developmental maturity and phylogeny. Journal of Thermal Biology, 33 (6). pp. 345-354. ISSN 0306-4565

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Abstract

Brood patch temperatures (BPT) of 76 species of birds were collated from the literature and compared with female body mass (FBM) and incubation period (Ip) of the species concerned. Correlations between BPT and FBM and Ip were associated with phylogenetic relatedness at a high
taxonomic level (Order). BPT was highest in species producing altricial hatchlings, intermediate for
precocial species and lowest for semi-precocial species.
BPT was higher than embryo and egg temperatures reported in the literature implying that the process of heat transfer during contact incubation is unable to raise embryo temperature to core body temperature.

Item Type:Article
Keywords:Incubation, Bird
Subjects:C Biological Sciences > C140 Developmental/Reproductive Biology
Divisions:College of Science > School of Life Sciences
ID Code:4505
Deposited By: Charles Deeming
Deposited On:02 Jun 2011 22:47
Last Modified:18 Nov 2013 12:17

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