School of Zoology, University of New South Wales, P.O. Box 1, Kensington, N.S.W. 2033, Australia.
The Behaviour of Red Kangaroos (Megaleia rufa) on Hot Summer Days
Article first published online: 26 APR 2010
1976 Blackwell Verlag GmbH
Zeitschrift für Tierpsychologie
Volume 40, Issue 4, pages 396–426, January-December 1976
How to Cite
Russell, E. M. and Harrop, C. J. F. (1976), The Behaviour of Red Kangaroos (Megaleia rufa) on Hot Summer Days. Zeitschrift für Tierpsychologie, 40: 396–426. doi: 10.1111/j.1439-0310.1976.tb00944.x
- Issue published online: 26 APR 2010
- Article first published online: 26 APR 2010
- 9. 4. 1975; 24. 10., and 26. 11. 1975
To investigate the functional significance of the behaviour of large mammals in hot, arid conditions, field observations were made of the behaviour of red kangaroos. The behaviour of individual animals was recorded in detail during hot summer days and measurements of the prevailing temperature and radiation environment were made. Changes in the postures adopted by animals during the day are described in relation to environmental conditions; and the occurrence of certain postures and behaviours at periods of greatest heat stress is reported.