Plumage and Fat Condition Scores as Well-Being Assessment Indicators in a Small Passerine Bird, the Zebra Finch (Taeniopygia guttata)

Kalnins L, Krüger O, Krause T (2022)
Frontiers in Veterinary Science 9: 791412.

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The well-being of animals kept by humans in laboratories, farms, or as pets should always be of the highest importance, and a prerequisite for this is adequate housing. To assess the potential indicators for animal well-being, ideally simple, non-invasive, and reliable methods are necessary. Here, we propose a novel plumage scoring system for small songbirds, using the example of the Zebra Finch, and examine its reliability in comparison with a well-known body condition index, that is, the fat score. We used up to five different observers of different experience levels to assess inter- and intra-observer reliability of the proposed plumage score and also the fat score. We found substantial inter-observer reliability for the proposed novel plumage score, and lower inter-observer reliability for the fat score, which seems to require more training of observers. The intra-observer reliability of the experienced observer who trained the others also showed a very strong reliability for the plumage score and for the fat score. Thus, we conclude that our proposed novel plumage score is a simple, reliable, and non-invasive way to estimate an important indicator of captive Zebra Finches' well-being. Furthermore, the plumage score can be reliably taught to other observers. The plumage score, maybe in combination with the fat score, may be an important tool to reliably assess well-being on a regular basis in captive populations in zoos, laboratories, or pet stocks. Copyright © 2022 Kalnins, Kruger and Krause.
Erscheinungsjahr
2022
Zeitschriftentitel
Frontiers in Veterinary Science
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9
Art.-Nr.
791412
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2297-1769
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https://pub.uni-bielefeld.de/record/2962818

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Kalnins L, Krüger O, Krause T. Plumage and Fat Condition Scores as Well-Being Assessment Indicators in a Small Passerine Bird, the Zebra Finch (Taeniopygia guttata). Frontiers in Veterinary Science . 2022;9: 791412.
Kalnins, L., Krüger, O., & Krause, T. (2022). Plumage and Fat Condition Scores as Well-Being Assessment Indicators in a Small Passerine Bird, the Zebra Finch (Taeniopygia guttata). Frontiers in Veterinary Science , 9, 791412. https://doi.org/10.3389/fvets.2022.791412
Kalnins, L., Krüger, O., and Krause, T. (2022). Plumage and Fat Condition Scores as Well-Being Assessment Indicators in a Small Passerine Bird, the Zebra Finch (Taeniopygia guttata). Frontiers in Veterinary Science 9:791412.
Kalnins, L., Krüger, O., & Krause, T., 2022. Plumage and Fat Condition Scores as Well-Being Assessment Indicators in a Small Passerine Bird, the Zebra Finch (Taeniopygia guttata). Frontiers in Veterinary Science , 9: 791412.
L. Kalnins, O. Krüger, and T. Krause, “Plumage and Fat Condition Scores as Well-Being Assessment Indicators in a Small Passerine Bird, the Zebra Finch (Taeniopygia guttata)”, Frontiers in Veterinary Science , vol. 9, 2022, : 791412.
Kalnins, L., Krüger, O., Krause, T.: Plumage and Fat Condition Scores as Well-Being Assessment Indicators in a Small Passerine Bird, the Zebra Finch (Taeniopygia guttata). Frontiers in Veterinary Science . 9, : 791412 (2022).
Kalnins, Lisa, Krüger, Oliver, and Krause, Tobias. “Plumage and Fat Condition Scores as Well-Being Assessment Indicators in a Small Passerine Bird, the Zebra Finch (Taeniopygia guttata)”. Frontiers in Veterinary Science 9 (2022): 791412.
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