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Temperature Regulation in Chicks of the Manx Shearwater Puffinus puffinus
Claus Bech, Rudi Brent, Peter F. Pedersen, Jørgen G. Rasmussen and Kjell Johansen
Ornis Scandinavica (Scandinavian Journal of Ornithology)
Vol. 13, No. 3 (Dec., 1982), pp. 206-210
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3676300
Page Count: 5
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Chicks of the Manx Shearwater show a slow growth rate until an age of 8 to 10 d, after which they grow faster. This change coincide with the time at which the chicks are left unbrooded during the daytime. A high metabolic and insulatory capacity enables the chicks to maintain a stable high body temperature at an early age compared with other birds with similar nest-bound behaviour and low growth rate. This makes the chicks independent of parental brooding very early in development and enables both adult birds to forage.
Ornis Scandinavica (Scandinavian Journal of Ornithology) © 1982 Nordic Society Oikos