RFI: Gerygones, thornbills etc. drinking

To: "simon starr" <>, <>
Subject: RFI: Gerygones, thornbills etc. drinking
From: "Stephen Ambrose" <>
Date: Mon, 5 Mar 2007 08:48:09 +1100
Two other excellent (textbook) references for learning about osmoregulation in birds are:

Skadhauge, E. (1981).  Osmoregulation in Birds (Springer-Verlag, Berlin)

Bradshaw, S.D. (2003). Vertebrate Ecophysiology: An Introduction to its Principles and Applications (Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK).

Both books discuss the techniques involved in studying water and electrolyte (e.g. salt) balance in terrestrial and marine birds but, most importantly, give examples of how some Australian birds cope in arid and semi-arid situations. Skadhauge (1981) use the Galah and Zebra Finch as case studies, whereas Bradshaw (2003) refers to other Australian species such as the Silvereye, Spinifex Pigeon, White-browed Scrubwren, Spinifexbird, Budgerigar, Port Lincoln Ringneck and chat species. Both authors also cite work on a range of overseas species.

Stephen Ambrose
Ryde, NSW


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