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Table 1.

Body mass and standard metabolic rate of the eight species of birds used in the present study

SpeciesBody massa (g)Basal metabolic rate (ml O2 g-1h-1)b
Zebra finch Taeniopygia guttata 12.6±1.0 (4) 3.28 
House sparrow Passer domesticus 24.6±0.7 (4) 2.46 
Starling Sturnus vulgaris 72.7±2.5 (4) 2.31 
Pied currawong Strepera graculina 283±19 (4) 1.59 
Pigeon Columba livia 462±35 (4) 0.667 
Duck Anas platyrhynchos 2178±61 (4) 0.626 
Goose Anser anser 4487±341 (4) 0.547 
Emu Dromaius novaehollandiae 34975±745 (4) 0.152 
SpeciesBody massa (g)Basal metabolic rate (ml O2 g-1h-1)b
Zebra finch Taeniopygia guttata 12.6±1.0 (4) 3.28 
House sparrow Passer domesticus 24.6±0.7 (4) 2.46 
Starling Sturnus vulgaris 72.7±2.5 (4) 2.31 
Pied currawong Strepera graculina 283±19 (4) 1.59 
Pigeon Columba livia 462±35 (4) 0.667 
Duck Anas platyrhynchos 2178±61 (4) 0.626 
Goose Anser anser 4487±341 (4) 0.547 
Emu Dromaius novaehollandiae 34975±745 (4) 0.152 
a

Values are means ± s.e.m.; N (in parentheses) =total number of birds used per species

b

Basal metabolic rates from table 1 in Hulbert et al.(2002b)

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