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1 March 2018 Hematological and Biochemical Parameters of Captive Andean Condors
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Hematological and biochemical parameters are used to assess the health of birds and to support conservation plans for threatened species, such as the Andean Condor (Vultur gryphus). We studied 22 captive Andean Condors from the Rehabilitation Center for Raptors of the Unión de Ornitólogos of Chile to determine reference values. We measured packed cell volume, total plasma solids, and total and differential leukocyte counts; we analyzed aspartate aminotransferase, gamma-glutamyl transpeptidase, lactate dehydrogenase, alkaline phosphatase, creatine kinase, creatinine, calcium, inorganic phosphorus, and uric acid. We found no blood parasites and no significant differences between sexes (P > 0.05). Our results establish a baseline for hematological and serum biochemistry parameters for the Andean Condor.

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Daniela Doussang, Cristina Palma, Lucila Moreno, Brayan Zambrano, Eduardo Pavéz, Fabiola Cerda, and Daniel González-Acuña "Hematological and Biochemical Parameters of Captive Andean Condors," Journal of Raptor Research 52(1), 72-81, (1 March 2018). https://doi.org/10.3356/JRR-16-14.1
Received: 3 February 2016; Accepted: 1 September 2017; Published: 1 March 2018
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