The Chemistry of Avian Odors: An Introduction to Best Practices

Paola Tiedemann, Gabrielle Nevitt

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Abstract

The scent of a bird is generally a complex fragrance made up of a suite of volatile organic compounds (VOCs). Identifying these VOCS and their relative contributions to a species’ or individual’s scent is central to understanding their chemical nature, their potential biological source, and, eventually, whether or how they influence behavior. Not surprisingly, the instrumental analysis of VOCs is a rapidly expanding field in the race to find compounds of potential biological significance among birds, but robust methodological standards for odor collection and analysis are still being established. Here we provide a brief overview of the general sources of odors in birds, a description of the functional groups of interest for the ‘non-chemist’, and a critique of the instrumental methods currently being used for this purpose.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Chemistry of Avian Odors: An Introduction to Best Practices
PublisherWiley Blackwell
Pages1217
StatePublished - Nov 2015

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    Tiedemann, P., & Nevitt, G. (2015). The Chemistry of Avian Odors: An Introduction to Best Practices. In The Chemistry of Avian Odors: An Introduction to Best Practices (pp. 1217). Wiley Blackwell.