Haematological parameters of the ostrich (struthio camelus)

A. Levi, B. Perelman, T. Waner, M. Van Grevenbroek, C. Van Creveld, R. Yagil

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Haematological reference values according to age and sex, were obtained from healthy ostriches (Struthio camelus) held under intensive conditions. Erythrocytic parameters and indices demonstrated an age-related trend: the packed cell volume, haemoglobin concentration and erythrocyte count were lowest in ostriches of 1 to 3 months of age. The mean corpuscular volume increased with age until adulthood. No sex-linked differences were demonstrated in regard to the erythrocytic parameters. Leukocyte counts were higher in younger ostriches; changes also being detected in the differential count with age. The erythrocyte sedimentation rate was both sex- and age-related. Young birds had the fastest rate of sedimentation and females had a faster rate than males.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)321-327
Number of pages7
JournalAvian Pathology
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1 Apr 1989

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Food Animals
  • Animal Science and Zoology
  • General Immunology and Microbiology


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