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Your Position :Home->Past Journals Catalog->2012 Vol.31 No.1

Diurnal Behavior of Wintering Tibetan Partridge Perdix hodgsoniae
Author of the article:QUE Pin-jia, WANG Nan*
Author's Workplace:(College of Nature Conservation, Beijing Forestry University, Beijing 100083, China)
Key Words:Perdix hodgsoniae; behavior; diurnal rhythm; time budget; instantaneous scan
Abstract:Wintering flocks of Tibetan partridge Perdix hodgsoniae were studied on their diurnal behavior in Daocheng, Sichuan province, from March to April, 2010. The largest proportion of their day time were spent on feeding (69.31%±2.33%), followed by resting (20.06%±2.26%), guarding (7.10%±0.71%) and moving (3.53%±0.47%). There were two peaks during their feeding period: one was from 11:00 to 14:00, and the other was from 15:00 to 16:00. Less feeding behaviors were observed in early morning, dusk, and in the midday from 14:00 to 15:00. The rhythm of their resting was almostly the opposite to feeding, which two peaks were presented in early morning and dusk.Guarding time was more frequent at 14:00 to 15:00 during the day. The moving activity did not change obviously throughout the day. The group size was 11.39±0.97 (range 1~30, n=41). The flock of Tibetan partridge broke up from late-March. Copulation behavior usually happened in the morning or midday, and was firstly observed on March 22.
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