Birds of Prey: Health and Disease by John E. Cooper

By John E. Cooper

Raptor biology has developed tremendously because the e-book of the unique variation of this ebook below the identify Veterinary features of Captive Birds of Prey. With the aid of top foreign specialists, John E. Cooper has up-to-date and accelerated this vintage connection with comprise all of the most up-to-date facts at the health and wellbeing and ailments of raptors. whereas nonetheless serving the desires of veterinary surgeons who deal with birds of prey, Birds of Prey: health and wellbeing & disorder additionally appeals to a large readership of falconers, avian researchers, breeders, rehabilitators and zoo staff.Important alterations to this new version are the inclusion of information on free-living birds, extra fabric on fractures, pathology, laws and poisons, and new sections on neonatology, future health tracking, captive-breeding and host-parasite relations.This ebook experiences all points of birds of prey, giving helpful updated details on illnesses and pathology, but in addition the historical past of the topic, the origins of phrases, the evolution of present pondering and finishing with a competent record of fundamental references for extra interpreting.

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In the first instance, the bird should be observed from a distance, preferably without the observer being seen. This enables an assessment to be made of the bird’s general condition, respiration rate and obvious clinical signs of disease before it is unduly disturbed – after which clinical signs may be masked or changed. 1 Facilities for examination and investigation of birds of prey. Procedure Essential requirements Useful additions Special precautions Comments Clinical examination Examination table Protective clothing Balance or scales Syringes, needles, bottles, swabs and other equipment for collecting and storing specimens Disinfectants.

7 Skull of a barn owl. ) a ‘tooth’ which is used for killing prey. Most vultures and certain eagles, the golden eagle for example, have a strong powerful beak for feeding. Many diurnal raptors have a prominent ridge, probably for protecting their delicate organs of sight while diving or pursuing prey in woodlands. This particular conformation of the skull is often perceived by humans as a symbol of pride or authority. BONES A characteristic of the bone structures of raptors, common to all birds, is the fusion and reduction in number of bones.

Many local practitioners will develop an interest in the subject and a valuable relationship can ensue between veterinarian and keeper/biologist (Cooper, 1993a). Difficult cases may need to be referred to someone who is particularly experienced in avian medicine, increasing numbers of whom have recognised specialist status – for example, in zoological medicine (UK), avian medicine and surgery (Europe) or avian practice (USA). Veterinarians in most countries are bound by codes of professional conduct.

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