Nocturnal hypothermia impairs flight ability in birds: a cost of being cool.

  title={Nocturnal hypothermia impairs flight ability in birds: a cost of being cool.},
  author={Jennie M. Carr and Steven L. Lima},
  journal={Proceedings. Biological sciences},
  volume={280 1772},
Many birds use regulated drops in night-time body temperature (Tb) to conserve energy critical to winter survival. However, a significant degree of hypothermia may limit a bird's ability to respond to predatory attack. Despite this likely energy-predation trade-off, the behavioural costs of avian hypothermia have yet to be examined. We thus monitored the nocturnal hypothermia of mourning doves (Zenaida macroura) in a laboratory setting in response to food deprivation. Nocturnal flight tests… CONTINUE READING
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