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Charles J. Amlaner

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1981

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Sleep In The Herring Gull (Larus Argentatus), Charles Amlaner, David Mcfarland Apr 1981

Sleep In The Herring Gull (Larus Argentatus), Charles Amlaner, David Mcfarland

Charles J. Amlaner

Sleep postures and eye state of free-ranging herring gulls (Larus argentatus) were studied during the breeding season. Three mutually exclusive behaviours were observed, namely sleep, rest-sleep and rest postures. Arousal thresholds, eye blink rates and eye closure time were obtained during these behaviours. Significant relationships existed between eye blinking, eye closure, and a raised threshold of arousal when birds were in the sleep and rest-sleep postures. During a natural disturbance, birds in the sleep posture remained in this posture but did not blink their eyes: this is called pseudo sleep. Male gulls also exhibited a lower threshold of arousal while ...