*Forests Department, Brain Street, Manjimup 6258, Western Australia.
Carcass composition of spur-winged geese with comments on reproduction and moulting
Article first published online: 29 APR 2008
African Journal of Ecology
Volume 23, Issue 3, pages 171–178, September 1985
How to Cite
HALSE, S. A. and DOBBS, J. C. (1985), Carcass composition of spur-winged geese with comments on reproduction and moulting. African Journal of Ecology, 23: 171–178. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2028.1985.tb00945.x
- Issue published online: 29 APR 2008
- Article first published online: 29 APR 2008
- Manuscript received 24 August 1984
Spur-winged geese at Barberspan, an agricultural area in South Africa, had an average carcass composition of 64% water, 22% protein, 6% lipid, 6% minerals and 2% carbohydrate with an energy content of 21.6 kJ g-1 DW. There were significant changes during the year in protein and lipid levels; they were lowest during the annual flightless wing moult. Protein and lipid levels also declined during breeding but this event had less effect on body reserves than moulting. The relationships between various body measurements and mineral content of the carcass (as an estimate of skeletal weight) were examined.