Time Budgets of Captive Lady Amherst's Pheasant (Chrysolophus amherstiae) in Breeding Season
- Received Date: 1900-01-01
- Rev Recd Date: 1900-01-01
- Publish Date: 1995-05-22
Abstract: Time budgets in breeding season were studied in two captive groups of Lady Amhersts Pheasant (Chrysolophus amherstiae) from March,1987 to July,1990.Percentages of time spent on main activities were:resting 40.46%,walking 38.95%,feeding 11.12%,preening 5.09%,breeding (including display,egg-laying) 3.34%,others (including call,attacking,drinking,dusting,excreting) 1.04%.Clustering various behaviours showed the advertising display was closely related to the precopulatory display in males,while egg-laying,drinking,dusting and preening had close relationship in females.Analysis of variance showed that time budgets between male and female were significantly different (P<0.05).Male spent significantly more time on breeding and preening,and less time on feeding than female.The time budgets in different stages of breeding season were different (P<0.05).The resting,preening,breeding in both sexes,and the walking in female among different stages had significant difference.The frequency of resting in breeding season was significantly lower than that in non-breeding season,while the frequency of preening was significantly higher than that in non-breeding season.Because food was in rich supply,Lady amherst s Pheasant in captivity spent more time in resting than in feeding.The time budgets of captive Lady Amherst s Pheasant were influenced by sexes,age,the stages of breeding season besides the environmental factors,group size and food supply.
|Citation:||YANG Xiao-jun, WEN Xian-ji, YANG Lan. Time Budgets of Captive Lady Amherst's Pheasant (Chrysolophus amherstiae) in Breeding Season. Zoological Research, 1995, 16(2): 178-184.|