Title
Do leucocyte profiles reflect temporal and sexual variation in body condition over the breeding cycle in Southern Rockhopper Penguins? Do leucocyte profiles reflect temporal and sexual variation in body condition over the breeding cycle in Southern Rockhopper Penguins?
Author
Faculty/Department
Faculty of Sciences. Biology
Publication type
article
Publication
Berlin ,
Subject
Biology
Source (journal)
Journal of ornithology. - Berlin, 1853 - 2003
Volume/pages
152(2011) :3 , p. 759-768
ISSN
0021-8375
1439-0361
ISI
000291605400027
Carrier
E
Target language
English (eng)
Full text (Publishers DOI)
Affiliation
University of Antwerp
Abstract
Southern Rockhopper Penguins (Eudyptes chrysocome chrysocome) have a strongly synchronised breeding cycle with a fixed pattern of nest attendance for males and females. We studied leucocyte profiles and the development of granulocyte/lymphocyte (G/L) ratios as an indicator of stress. Variation in G/L ratios were related to sex and breeding stage, but not individual body condition. G/L ratios were similar for males and females during the first part of the incubation period (shared incubation, when males and females both attend the nest), but in the second part of the incubation (single incubation, only one adult attends the nest), females had significantly higher G/L ratios and a lower body condition than males. The lowest G/L ratios were recorded during the crèche of the chicks at the end of the breeding season. Our results show that G/L ratios in breeding Southern Rockhopper Penguins on the population-scale reflect the temporally and sexually different timing of fasting and refeeding related to the breeding cycle. However, this measurement was not sensitive enough to reveal an effect of body condition on G/L ratios on an individual scale.
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