Uropygial gland-secreted alkanols contribute to olfactory sex signals in budgerigars.

  title={Uropygial gland-secreted alkanols contribute to olfactory sex signals in budgerigars.},
  author={J Zhang and Wei Wei and Jin-Hua Zhang and Wei-He Yang},
  journal={Chemical senses},
  volume={35 5},
The possible role of uropygial gland-secreted compounds in olfactory discrimination of sex or sex attractants in the budgerigar, Melopsittacus undulatus, was investigated using behavioral 2-choice tests and gas chromatography-mass spectrometry analysis. Our data showed that female budgerigars were capable of distinguishing males from females in a Y maze via body odor, indicating its sexual dimorphism. When we conducted a chemical assay of the uropygial preen gland secretions, we found 4 times… CONTINUE READING
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