Time of feeding and possible associated thermoregulatory benefits in bronze mannikins Lonchura cucullata.

@article{Seagram2001TimeOF,
  title={Time of feeding and possible associated thermoregulatory benefits in bronze mannikins Lonchura cucullata.},
  author={Robert. Seagram and N. J. Adams and Rob Slotow},
  journal={Comparative biochemistry and physiology. Part A, Molecular & integrative physiology},
  year={2001},
  volume={130 4},
  pages={
          809-18
        }
}
Birds with a small body size have a high surface area to volume ratio, and this means that they have a high rate of heat loss to the environment. Birds may employ behavioural strategies in order to counter this heat loss. The adjustment of feeding patterns in the short term is probably the least documented of all of these strategies. Feeding results in the specific dynamic effect (SDE) which increases the metabolic rate of animals after a feeding bout. This increase in metabolic rate has been… CONTINUE READING