Publication
Title
An automated system to control and manipulate the flight activity of captive birds
Author
Abstract
Biologists have long been interested in the behavioural and physiological mechanisms that regulate flight. The manipulation of physical activity of birds under captive conditions, however, faces the experimenter with some technical problems. In this article, we describe a simple automated system that allows control and manipulation of the flight activity of captive birds and use it for the first time to induce blood oxidative stress in male zebra finches (Taeniopygia guttata). Finches subjected to a short-term flight effort regime had an increase of plasma oxidative damage and a decrease of thiol concentration in red blood cells and of body mass, respectively. However, no change in red blood cell glutathione peroxidase was observed. This simple experiment shows that our automated system may be successfully used to induce changes in the physiological state of small birds.
Language
English
Source (journal)
Behavioral ecology and sociobiology. - Berlin
Publication
Berlin : 2012
ISSN
0340-5443
Volume/pages
66:8(2012), p. 1195-1199
ISI
000306418200012
Full text (Publisher's DOI)
Full text (publisher's version - intranet only)
UAntwerpen
Faculty/Department
Publication type
Subject
External links
Web of Science
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Identification
Creation 06.10.2015
Last edited 04.09.2017