Magpies, Pica pica, at the southern limit of their range actively select their thermal environment at high ambient temperatures

Kelly, A., Godley, B.J. and Furness, R.W. (2004) Magpies, Pica pica, at the southern limit of their range actively select their thermal environment at high ambient temperatures. Zoology in the Middle East, 32, pp. 13-25.

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Abstract

The effect of high ambient temperatures on the behaviour of Magpies (Pica pica) was assessed in northern Cyprus, which marks the southern limit of their European range. Magpies actively selected their thermal environment when temperatures rose above 31 C, by retreating to shaded areas. On days when the temperature was higher, Magpies appeared to spend more time perched in the shade and less time foraging. Flying and foraging activities were generally restricted to cooler parts of the day. Magpies were rarely seen panting or drinking and gular fluttering was not observed. We suggest that utilisation of shade is important for Magpies to regulate their body temperature, allowing them to remain common at the southern limit of their range despite experiencing high temperatures.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Furness, Professor Bob
Authors: Kelly, A., Godley, B.J., and Furness, R.W.
Subjects:Q Science > QL Zoology
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Biodiversity Animal Health and Comparative Medicine
Journal Name:Zoology in the Middle East
ISSN:0939-7140

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