The thermal and energetic significance of clustering in the speckled mousebird, Colius striatus

@article{Brown1992TheTA,
  title={The thermal and energetic significance of clustering in the speckled mousebird, Colius striatus},
  author={C. Randell Brown and Greg Foster},
  journal={Journal of Comparative Physiology B},
  year={1992},
  volume={162},
  pages={658-664}
}
  • C. BrownG. Foster
  • Published 1 November 1992
  • Biology, Environmental Science
  • Journal of Comparative Physiology B
SummaryThe effect of clustering behaviour on metabolism, body temperature, thermal conductance and evaporative water loss was investigated in speckled mousebirds at temperatures between 5 and 36°C. Within the thermal neutral zone (approximately 30–35 °C) basal metabolic rate of clusters of two birds (32.5 J·g-1·h-1) and four birds (28.5 J·g-1·h-1) was significantly lower by about 11% and 22%, respectively, than that of individuals (36.4 J·g-1·h-1). Similarly, below the lower critical… 

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