publication . Article . 2010

Red junglefowl have individual body odors.

Karlsson, Anna-Carin; Jensen, Per; Elgland, Mathias; Laur, Katriann; Fyrner, Timmy; Konradsson, Peter; Laska, Matthias;
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  • Published: 30 Apr 2010 Journal: Journal of Experimental Biology, volume 213, pages 1,619-1,624 (issn: 0022-0949, eissn: 1477-9145, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: The Company of Biologists
  • Country: Sweden
Abstract
Olfaction may play an important role in regulating bird behavior, and has been suggested to be involved in feather-pecking. We investigated possible differences in the body odors of red junglefowl females by using an automated olfactometer which assessed the ability of trained mice to discriminate between the odors of uropygial gland secretions (the main carrier of potential individual odors in chickens) of six feather-pecked and six non-pecked birds. All mice were clearly able to discriminate between all individual red junglefowl odors, showing that each bird has an individual body odor. We analyzed whether it was more difficult to discriminate between the odor...
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Medical Subject Headings: psychological phenomena and processes
free text keywords: mice, GC-MS, feather-pecking, TECHNOLOGY, TEKNIKVETENSKAP, Insect Science, Animal Science and Zoology, Aquatic Science, Physiology, Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics, Molecular Biology, Odor, Olfaction, Body odors, Red junglefowl, biology.domesticated_animal, biology, Ecology, Biochemistry, Zoology, Olfactometer, Uropygial gland
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