Body temperature and fever in a free-living bird.

  title={Body temperature and fever in a free-living bird.},
  author={Anders Pape M\oller},
  journal={Comparative biochemistry and physiology. Part B, Biochemistry & molecular biology},
  volume={156 1},
Fever is an adaptive physiological response that animals use to fight infections by microorganisms. Although used routinely by veterinary and medical doctors for assessment of health status, there are hardly any studies of fever in free-living animals. Body temperature in a sample of more than 500 adult barn swallows Hirundo rustica varied considerably, but… CONTINUE READING