Total Body Electrical Conductivity ( Tobec ) to Estimate Total Body Fat of Free-living Birds

@inproceedings{Castro2001TotalBE,
  title={Total Body Electrical Conductivity ( Tobec ) to Estimate Total Body Fat of Free-living Birds},
  author={Gonzalo S Castro and Bruce A. Wunder},
  year={2001}
}
Traditional methods to determine total body fat are undesirable under many circumstances because they require sacrificing individual birds. Walsberg (1988) recently introduced the total body electrical conductivity (TOBEC) method for total body fat to ecological studies. In this paper we expand on Walsberg’s (1988) seminal paper and show that: (1) TOBEC is accurate under a narrow array of body masses, and is therefore appropriate for intraspecific studies; (2) dead birds exhibit significantly… CONTINUE READING