Elevated corticosterone in feathers correlates with corticosterone-induced decreased feather quality : a validation study

@inproceedings{Lattin2011ElevatedCI,
  title={Elevated corticosterone in feathers correlates with corticosterone-induced decreased feather quality : a validation study},
  author={Christine R Lattin and J. Michael Reed and David W. DesRochers and L. Michael Romero},
  year={2011}
}
The newly described technique of extracting corticosterone (CORT) from bird feathers may serve as a less invasive, more integrated measure of a bird’s stress response. Previous work indicated that elevated plasma CORT resulted in poorer quality feathers during molt. We tested the hypothesis that a direct link exists between plasma and feather CORT concentrations. We experimentally increased plasma CORT concentrations using implants and found that the corresponding rise in CORT could be detected… CONTINUE READING
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