Flight costs and fuel composition of a bird migrating in a wind tunnel

Klaassen, Marcel, Kvist, Anders and Lindström, Ake 2000, Flight costs and fuel composition of a bird migrating in a wind tunnel, Condor, vol. 102, no. 2, pp. 444-451, doi: 10.1650/0010-5422(2000)102[0444:FCAFCO]2.0.CO;2.

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Title Flight costs and fuel composition of a bird migrating in a wind tunnel
Author(s) Klaassen, MarcelORCID iD for Klaassen, Marcel orcid.org/0000-0003-3907-9599
Kvist, Anders
Lindström, Ake
Journal name Condor
Volume number 102
Issue number 2
Start page 444
End page 451
Total pages 8
Publisher BioOne
Place of publication Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Publication date 2000-05
ISSN 0010-5422
Keyword(s) Body stores
Energy budget
Flight costs
Luscinia luscinia
Protein balance
Thrush Nightingale
Science & Technology
Life Sciences & Biomedicine
fight costs
Summary We studied the energy and protein balance of a Thrush Nightingale Luscinia luscinia, a small long-distance migrant, during repeated 12-hr long flights in a wind tunnel and during subsequent two-day fueling periods. From the energy budgets we estimated the power requirements for migratory flight in this 26 g bird at 1.91 Watts. This is low compared to flight cost estimates in birds of similar mass and with similar wing shape. This suggests that power requirements for migratory flight are lower than the power requirements for nonmigratory flight. From excreta production during flight, and nitrogen and energy balance during subsequent fueling, the dry protein proportion of stores was estimated to be around 10%. A net catabolism of protein during migratory flight along with that of fat may reflect a physiologically inevitable process, a means of providing extra water to counteract dehydration, a production of uric acid for anti-oxidative purposes, and adaptive changes in the size of flight muscles and digestive organs in the exercising animal.
Language eng
DOI 10.1650/0010-5422(2000)102[0444:FCAFCO]2.0.CO;2
Field of Research 060809 Vertebrate Biology
Socio Economic Objective 970106 Expanding Knowledge in the Biological Sciences
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2000, BioOne
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