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Great Tit (Parus major) breath rate in response to handling stress: urban and forest birds differ

Torné-Noguera, Anna; Pagani-Núñez, Emilio; Senar, Juan Carlos

Authors

Anna Torné-Noguera

Juan Carlos Senar



Abstract

Animal research commonly requires temporary handling of study animals. In this study, we compared the response to handling stress in urban and forest Great Tits (Parus major). We measured breath rate, which has been suggested as a proxy of the stress response of the bird. Urban birds displayed higher breath rates than forest birds. Results suggest that the effect of handling can vary from one habitat to another and should be taken into account in future studies on the topic.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Nov 5, 2013
Online Publication Date Nov 19, 2013
Publication Date 2014-01
Deposit Date Nov 2, 2022
Journal Journal of ornithology
Print ISSN 2193-7192
Publisher Springer
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 155
Issue 1
Pages 315-318
DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/s10336-013-1025-5
Keywords Breath rate, Handling, Great Tit, Parus major, Stress, Urban
Public URL http://researchrepository.napier.ac.uk/Output/2946659