Taste in birds

Shira L. Cheled Shoval, Zehava Uni, Colin G. Scanes

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Taste perception enables the animal to evaluate nutritional value and potential toxicity of food, and converts taste stimuli into physiological stimuli which in turn promote or suppress feed consumption. Taste research traditionally focused on mammalian model species, where taste research in avian was for the most part neglected and mainly descriptive. However, in the past two decades, we witness the emergence of new avian histological, molecular, and behavioral taste research using innovative techniques together with recent genomic data. This chapter will discuss taste perception and mechanisms in birds in the following categories: the different taste modalities, taste buds anatomy, taste receptors and signaling molecules, measuring taste behavior in animals, extra gustatory taste receptors, and taste perception variation between different birds.

Original languageAmerican English
Title of host publicationSturkie's Avian Physiology
Number of pages18
ISBN (Electronic)9780128197707
ISBN (Print)9780323853514
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2022

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  • Avian taste perception
  • GPCRs
  • Gastrointestinal tract
  • Taste buds
  • Taste receptors
  • Taste tests


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