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The Effect of Hormone Treatment Upon the Duration of Incubation in the Bengalese Finch

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Normal incubation behaviour, in particular its onset and termination, is discussed. The effects of treatment with prolactin, progesterone and oestrogen during the middle part of the incubation period are then described. While progesterone may interrupt incubation, oestrogen treatment tends to prolong this behaviour beyond the normal time of termination. It is suggested that oestrogen treatment stimulates prolactin secretion, and that prolactin plays an important role in maintaining incubation.

Affiliations: 1: Department of Zoology, University of Edinburgh, Scotland


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