Revista Brasileira de Ciência Avícola
On-line version ISSN 1806-9061
QUEIROZ, SA and CROMBERG, VU. Aggressive behavior in the genus Gallus sp. Rev. Bras. Cienc. Avic. [online]. 2006, vol.8, n.1, pp. 1-14. ISSN 1806-9061. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1516-635X2006000100001.
The intensification of the production system in the poultry industry and the vertical integration of the poultry agribusiness have brought profound changes in the physical and social environment of domestic fowls in comparison to their ancestors and have modified the expression of aggression and submission. The present review has covered the studies focusing on the different aspects linked to aggressiveness in the genus Gallus. The evaluated studies have shown that aggressiveness and subordination are complex behavioral expressions that involve genetic differences between breeds, strains and individuals, and differences in the cerebral development during growth, in the hormonal metabolism, in the rearing conditions of individuals, including feed restriction, density, housing type (litter or cage), influence of the opposite sex during the growth period, existence of hostile stimuli (pain and frustration), ability to recognize individuals and social learning. The utilization of fighting birds as experimental material in the study of mechanisms that have influence on the manifestation of aggressiveness in the genus Gallus might comparatively help to elucidate important biological aspects of such behavior.
Keywords : Aggressiveness; behavior; fighting birds; Gallus sp.