Endocrinology and the Conservation of New Zealand Birds

John F. Cockrem, Dominic C. Adams, Ellen J. Bennett, E. Jane Candy, Emma J. Hawke, Sharon J. Henare and Murray A. Potter

in Experimental Approaches to Conservation Biology

Published by University of California Press

Published in print September 2004 | ISBN: 9780520240247
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520930636 | DOI:
Endocrinology and the Conservation of New Zealand Birds

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Endocrine studies can address questions in reproductive biology that are relevant to conservation. This chapter presents case studies on the endocrinology and conservation of two New Zealand birds: the northern brown kiwi (Apteryx mantelli) and the kakapo (Strigops habroptilus). It begins with an analysis of corticosterone levels in the northern brown kiwi to provide objective data on stress and stress responses in captive kiwi. It then describes methods for producing recombinant kakapo hormones to stimulate breeding. Finally, it discusses some of the challenges in the application of conservation endocrinology to the management of critically endangered species.

Keywords: reproductive biology; endocrinology; northern brown kiwi; Apteryx mantelli; kakapo; Strigops habroptilus; corticosterone; stress; breeding; conservation endocrinology

Chapter.  7164 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Biodiversity and Conservation Biology

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