Blood hemoglobin content and metabolic performance of Arctic Tern chicks Sterna paradisaea

Bech, Claus and Klaassen, Marcel 1996, Blood hemoglobin content and metabolic performance of Arctic Tern chicks Sterna paradisaea, Journal of avian biology, vol. 27, no. 2, pp. 112-117, doi: 10.2307/3677140.

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Title Blood hemoglobin content and metabolic performance of Arctic Tern chicks Sterna paradisaea
Author(s) Bech, Claus
Klaassen, MarcelORCID iD for Klaassen, Marcel
Journal name Journal of avian biology
Volume number 27
Issue number 2
Start page 112
End page 117
Total pages 6
Publisher Wiley
Place of publication London, Eng.
Publication date 1996-06
ISSN 0908-8857
Keyword(s) Science & Technology
Life Sciences & Biomedicine
Summary This study was designed to determine whether the development of an increased aerobic capacity (increased potential for oxygen uptake) during the initial growth stages of hatchlings is associated with an increase in blood hemoglobin content. We measured the resting (at thermoneutrality) and maximum (cold induced)b oxygen uptake of Arctic Tern chicks from 0 to 9 days of age. In addition, blood hemoglobin content and hematocrit were measured. The results show that in spite of a marked increase in both resting and maximum oxygen uptake, indicating increased metabolic performance, there was a slight decrease in blood hemoglobin content during the first few days of development. A residual analysis, made to eliminate the effect of age, showed that blood hemoglobin content of individual chicks, blood hemoglobin contents is not a limiting factor for oxygen uptake by Arctic Tern chicks.
Language eng
DOI 10.2307/3677140
Field of Research 060603 Animal Physiology - Systems
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 ©1996, Wiley
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