Quail and other short-lived birds

Exp Gerontol. 2001 Apr;36(4-6):859-68. doi: 10.1016/s0531-5565(00)00246-1.


Japanese quail are small galliforms that are migratory and generally live 2 to 3years in the wild. Although there is evidence for other environmental cues, they primarily respond to long daylength for regulation of reproduction. In contrast to the Common Tern, a long-lived sea bird that shows little evidence of reproductive aging, Japanese quail follow a well-defined process of aging with evidence of declining function in reproductive, metabolic, and sensory systems. Our studies focus on neuroendocrine changes associated with reproductive aging in the Japanese quail, with emphasis on the male in order to study both endocrine and behavioral components of reproduction and the process of reproductive aging.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Behavior, Animal
  • Birds / metabolism
  • Birds / physiology
  • Coturnix / growth & development
  • Coturnix / metabolism*
  • Coturnix / physiology
  • Gonadotropin-Releasing Hormone / metabolism
  • Gonadotropin-Releasing Hormone / physiology
  • Hypothalamus / metabolism
  • Hypothalamus / physiology
  • Reproduction
  • Steroids / metabolism
  • Steroids / physiology


  • Steroids
  • Gonadotropin-Releasing Hormone