Water economy of three Cinclodes (Furnariidae) species inhabiting marine and freshwater ecosystems

Sabat P.; Nespolo, RF; Bozinovic F.

Abstract

Birds living in desert environments have been the preferred models for the study of physiological adaptations to water scarcity. Passerine birds living in marine coastal habitats face similar problems, yet physiological adaptations to water conservation in such species have been poorly documented. We measured total evaporative water loss (TEWL) and rates of oxygen consumption (VO2) in three species of passerine birds dwelling in marine and fresh water habitats. Mass specific total evaporative water loss was significantly lower in the marine species, Cinclodes nigrofumosus, than in species inhabiting areas near freshwater sources. We found a positive relationship between TEWL and VO2. The ratio of TEWL to VO2 (relative evaporative water loss, RTEWL) showed significant variation among Cinclodes species, and was highest for the fresh-water living species, C. oustaleti and C. fuscus. The variation in TEWL found in Cinclodes is likely a consequence of differential exploitation of marine prey with high osmotic loads, which, in turn, may impose the need for water conservation

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Título según WOS: Water economy of three Cinclodes (Furnariidae) species inhabiting marine and freshwater ecosystems
Título según SCOPUS: Water economy of three Cinclodes (Furnariidae) species inhabiting marine and freshwater ecosystems
Título según SCIELO: Water economy of three Cinclodes (Furnariidae) species inhabiting marine and freshwater ecosystems
Título de la Revista: Revista chilena de historia natural
Volumen: 77
Asunto: 2
Editorial: Sociedad de Biología de Chile
Fecha de publicación: 2004-01-01
Página de inicio: 219
Página final: 225
Idioma: English
DOI/URL:

10.4067/S0716-078X2004000200001

Identificador: 10.4067/S0716-078X2004000200001
Notas: ISI, SCIELO, SCOPUS