Physiological responses of Houbara bustards to high ambient temperatures.

  title={Physiological responses of Houbara bustards to high ambient temperatures.},
  author={B Irene Tieleman and Joseph B. Williams and Fr{\'e}d{\'e}ric Lacroix and Patrick Paillat},
  journal={The Journal of experimental biology},
  volume={205 Pt 4},
Desert birds often experience a scarcity of drinking water and food and must survive episodes of high ambient temperature (T(a)). The physiological mechanisms that promote survival during extended periods of high T(a) have received little attention. We investigated the physiological responses of wild-caught and captive-reared Houbara bustards, Chlamydotis macqueenii, to T(a) values ranging from below 0 degrees C to 55 degrees C, well above those in most previous studies of birds. Captive-reared… CONTINUE READING
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