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Re: Vulture warm up
There is quite an extensive literature on avian thermoregulation - far too many
papers to list here. However, I will suggest that this:
CLARK, R. G. AND OHMART, R. D. 1985. SPREAD-WINGED POSTURE OF TURKEY VULTURES:
SINGLE OR MULTIPLE FUNCTION? The Condor 87:350-355
may make good reading. There's another paper that describes vultures being
chucked into increasingly warm rooms with no water and their thermoregulatory
responses being observed. I think some of the participants died. Can't remember
any details about the authors, journal or title, though.
Anyway, hope that's useful.
Dr. Mark Witton
Palaeobiology Research Group
School of Earth and Environmental Sciences
University of Portsmouth
Tel: (44)2392 842418