Time budgets and body temperatures of American Golden-Plover chicks in relation to ambient temperature

American Golden Plover (Pluvialis dominica) Science Article 1

abstract

We studied time budgets of precocial chicks of American Golden-Plovers (Pluvialisdominica) on the tundra near Churchill, Manitoba, Canada, to assess how time budgetsare influenced by environmental and body temperatures. Foraging time per day increasedwith increasing ambient temperatures and levels of solar radiation, as well as with age. This increase was due to an increase in the length of foraging bouts (i.e., the period of time in between two brooding bouts).

Karen L. Krijgsveld, Jeroen W. H. Reneerkens, Gabriel D. Mcnett and Robert E. Ricklefs, The Condor 105:268-278

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