Ventilation patterns of the songbird lung/air sac system during different behaviors.

@article{Mackelprang2013VentilationPO,
  title={Ventilation patterns of the songbird lung/air sac system during different behaviors.},
  author={Rebecca Mackelprang and Franz Goller},
  journal={The Journal of experimental biology},
  year={2013},
  volume={216 Pt 19},
  pages={3611-9}
}
Unidirectional, continuous airflow through the avian lung is achieved through an elaborate air sac system with a sequential, posterior to anterior ventilation pattern. This classical model was established through various approaches spanning passively ventilated systems to mass spectrometry analysis of tracer gas flow into various air sacs during spontaneous breathing in restrained ducks. Information on flow patterns in other bird taxa is missing, and these techniques do not permit direct tests… CONTINUE READING

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