Ptilochronology: Feather Time and the Biology of Birds by Thomas C. Grubb Jr.

By Thomas C. Grubb Jr.

This can be the 1st ebook to summarize the equipment, conceptual concerns and result of reports utilizing the translation of feather progress charges as an index to dietary in birds. the writer has coined the time period ptilochronology (literally. 'the examine of feather time') to explain this system, which is dependent upon the fats that as a feather grows it produces noticeable development bars. either the approach and its conceptual foundations were utilized around the globe to varied stories of avian evolution, ecology, and conservation biology. the writer studies this paintings, chronicles a number of the criticisms which were amde, and describes how those have encouraged the advance of ptilochronology. He is going directly to recommend experimental methodologies and analytical innovations to shield opposed to invalid effects. a last bankruptcy summarises this new technique's contribution to avian biology, and indicates power purposes and a destiny study schedule. an appendix information particular measurements and describes the technique linked to ptilochronology.
Ptilochronology offers a realistic source in addition to a conceptual figuring out of the way this method can be utilized to deal with very important questions in avian biology. it will likely be of relevance and use to expert avian biologists and ornithologists in addition to to graduate scholars of avian behavioural ecology, evolution and conservation.

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Incidentally, how the “decision” concerning how many days to grow a feather is made at the level of the follicle is totally unknown. These hormone studies reinforce the message of the cardinal study that for feather growth rates to be ascribed to nutritional condition, other potential causal factors should be controlled analytically or, better yet, methodologically with control and treatment groups. 2 Non-nutritional response to cold temperature and wind Through the past several decades, my students and I have devoted much attention to the behavior and ecology of birds in winter.

The study of the annual cycle in northern cardinals and the two hormone-manipulation experiments all suggest that circannual rhythms and the hormonal cycles driving them must be accounted for. The best way of doing so is to have a firm grasp on when various original or induced feathers are grown and to control for time-of-year effects in manipulative work. There seem to be rich possibilities for exploring the effects of various hormones and hormone combinations on feather growth. Work on peripheral wind-chill and follicle history in relation to feather growth has not demonstrated any effect.

Nuthatches in other woodlots were left unprovisioned. Between mid-January and the first day of February, 18 birds from the Novemberprovisioned woodlots and 16 from unprovisioned woodlots were captured. After their right and left fourth rectrices had been plucked, the birds were released. (In this nuthatch, the fifth and sixth rectrices are pied black and white, making the reading of growth bars difficult. ) The nuthatches were recaptured in March and early April and their induced rectrices collected.

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