Application of a new technique to studying the grazing behaviour of roe deer (Capreolus capreolus)

Hall, Stephen and Neveu, Helene and Sempere, Antoine (1996) Application of a new technique to studying the grazing behaviour of roe deer (Capreolus capreolus). Applied Animal Behaviour Science, 46 . pp. 145-157. ISSN 0168-1591

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/0168-1591(95)00651-6

Abstract

A new technique of graphical analysis has been developed that is based on plotting the cumulated time spent in one activity against that spent in another. This method has been tested on confined (melatonin-treated and control) and free-living roe deer, Capreolus capreolus, in France over a period of 6 months. Implanted melatonin increased the median time spent grazing per selected site during the period April-June from 10 to 12 s, and the proportion of feeding time spent grazing from 58% to 71%. While the bout structure of grazing was generally unpredictable, bouts were sometimes grouped into meals. The latter finding was not apparent from conventional analysis but was revealed by the new technique, which we predict will have wide applicability in behaviour studies where inferences as to motivation are required

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Additional Information:A new technique of graphical analysis has been developed that is based on plotting the cumulated time spent in one activity against that spent in another. This method has been tested on confined (melatonin-treated and control) and free-living roe deer, Capreolus capreolus, in France over a period of 6 months. Implanted melatonin increased the median time spent grazing per selected site during the period April-June from 10 to 12 s, and the proportion of feeding time spent grazing from 58% to 71%. While the bout structure of grazing was generally unpredictable, bouts were sometimes grouped into meals. The latter finding was not apparent from conventional analysis but was revealed by the new technique, which we predict will have wide applicability in behaviour studies where inferences as to motivation are required
Keywords:ethology, animal behaviour, behaviour methods, roe deer, melatonin, grazing
Subjects:C Biological Sciences > C120 Behavioural Biology
C Biological Sciences > C300 Zoology
Divisions:College of Science > School of Life Sciences
ID Code:5649
Deposited By: Stephen Hall
Deposited On:23 May 2012 08:02
Last Modified:02 Sep 2014 09:21

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