Ecology And Influence Of Age And Habitats On The Diurnal Activity Patterns Of Cattle Egret Bubulcus IbisJournal: International Journal of Scientific & Technology Research (Vol.4, No. 12)
Publication Date: 2015-12-15
Authors : Fredrick Ojija;
Page : 107-111
Keywords : Key words Cattle egrets; Diurnal activity; Activity budget; Ecology; Conservation;
Abstract It was found that habitat types and age may influence diurnal activities of cattle egrets. In average the grassland comprised 41.59 of all of diurnal activities while forest and bushland comprised 21.54 and 35.79 of all of diurnal activities respectively P0.05. Variation in the performance of diurnal activities overtimes of the day differed significantly P0.05 similarly the time spent by cattle egrets to perform diurnal activities was different P0.05. Activity budget of cattle egrets differed significantly with age classes P0.05. The adult cattle egrets spent much time feeding than sub-adults and juveniles. The feeding behaviour was the diurnal activity of cattle egrets performed most often in the morning hours. The diurnal activity patterns and time budgets of the cattle egrets may be due to their strategies to cope with environmental factors such temperatures different habitats and food availability and high foraging behaviour can be due to high energy demand.
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