Beak size optimized for thermal regulation: birds
The beak size of birds is optimized for thermal regulation because they vary in size relative to latitude and environmental temperature, a concept called Allen's rule.
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"The study…provides evidence that maintaining body temperature in a bird's natural environment may have shaped the evolution of bird bills…
"The research validates a 133-year-old ecological theory called Allen's rule, which predicts that animal appendages like limbs, ears, and tails are smaller in cold climates in order to minimize heat loss." (The University of Melbourne 2010)
Organism/taxonomy data provided by:
Species 2000 & ITIS Catalogue of Life: 2008 Annual Checklist
Application Ideas: Learning from local, resident birds the best relative beak size that fits the local ecosystem for heat exchange. Applying the concept of Allen's rule to design HVAC systems for specific situations/environments/climates.
Industrial Sector(s) interested in this strategy: Energy systems, building, utilities
Department of Biological Sciences, Brock University