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Species differences in hematological values of captive cranes, geese, raptors, and quail

Journal of Wildlife Management

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Abstract

Hematological and serum chemical constituents of blood were determined for 12 species, including 7 endangered species, of cranes, geese, raptors, and quail in captivity at the Patuxent Wildlife Research Center. Means, standard deviations, analysis of variance by species and sex, and a series of multiple comparisons of means were derived for each parameter investigated. Differences among some species means were observed in all blood parameters except gamma-glutamyl transpeptidase. Although sampled during the reproductively quiescent period, an influence of sex was noted in red blood cell count, hemoglobin, albumin, glucose, cholesterol, serum glutamic oxaloacetic transaminase, Ca, and P. Our data and values reported in literature indicate that most hematological parameters vary among species and, in some cases, according to methods used to determine them. Therefore, baseline data for captive and wild birds should be established by using standard methods, and should be made available to aid others for use in assessing physiological and pathological conditions of these species.

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Publication type:
Article
Publication Subtype:
Journal Article
Title:
Species differences in hematological values of captive cranes, geese, raptors, and quail
Series title:
Journal of Wildlife Management
Volume
45
Issue:
2
Year Published:
1981
Language:
English
Contributing office(s):
Patuxent Wildlife Research Center
Description:
463-483
Larger Work Type:
Article
Larger Work Subtype:
Journal Article
Larger Work Title:
Journal of Wildlife Management
First page:
463
Last page:
483