Playa-Montmany, et al.: The thermoregulatory role of relative bill and leg surface areas in a Mediterranean population of Great tit

Núria Playà-Montmany, Erick González-Medina, Julián Cabello-Vergel, Manuel Parejo, José M. Abad-Gómez, Juan M. Sánchez-Guzmán, Auxiliadora Villegas & José A. Masero
There is growing evidence on the role of legs and bill as ‘thermal windows’ in birds coping with heat stress. However, there is a lack of empirical work examining the relationship between the relative bill and/or leg surface areas and key thermoregulatory traits such as the limits of the thermoneutral zone (TNZ) or the cooling efficiency at high temperatures. Here, we explored this relationship in a Mediterranean population of Great tit (Parus major) facing increasing...
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