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Short-term physiological and behavioural effects of high- versus low-frequency fluorescent light on captive birds

Authors
  • Evans, Jennifer E.
  • Smith, Emma L.
  • Bennett, Andrew T.D.
  • Cuthill, Innes C.
  • Buchanan, Katherine L.
Type
Published Article
Journal
Animal Behaviour
Publication Date
Jan 01, 2011
Accepted Date
Sep 13, 2011
Volume
83
Issue
1
Pages
25–33
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/j.anbehav.2011.10.002
Source
Elsevier
Keywords
License
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Abstract

Highlights ► We tested whether starlings react to low-frequency (LF) flicker lighting. ► Under LF lighting, birds increased muscle spasms and preening. ► Under LF lighting birds reduced jumping, eating, drinking & bill wiping. ► Birds experienced lower basal corticosterone levels under LF flicker light. ► Our results demonstrate that starlings are sensitive to LF light.

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