Zoological Studies

Vol. 57, 2018

(update: 2018.03.21;04.03) 

Hematologic, Plasma Biochemical, Protein Electrophoretic, and Total Solid Values of Captive Oriental Turtle Doves (Streptopelia orientalis)

I-Ting Tsai, Chau-Hwa Chi, and Pin-Huan Yu*

Institute of Veterinary Clinical Science School of Veterinary Medicine, National Taiwan University. E-mail: r01643002@ntu.edu.tw (Tsai); chie@ntu.edu.tw (Chi)

(Received 10 July 2017; Accepted 22 February 2018; Communicated by Pung-Pung Hwang)

I-Ting Tsai, Chau-Hwa Chi, and Pin-Huan Yu (2018) As part of ongoing studies on the blood profiles of Taiwanese avian species, hematology, plasma biochemistry, and serum protein electrophoresis values and hand-held refractometer readings of total solids were determined in Oriental turtle doves (Streptopelia orientalis). Blood samples were collected and analyzed from 44 healthy captive adult and sub-adult Oriental turtle doves. There were no significant gender differences in any of the parameters studied. However, adults had significantly higher values of total protein, albumin, globulin, cholesterol, sodium, chloride, and alpha2 globulin, while sub-adults had higher values of phosphorus and potassium. The refractometer readings were highly correlated with values of total protein obtained by the biuret method. The results of the current study provide valuable data for clinically evaluating Oriental turtle doves and will be beneficial for the conservation of this species.

Key words: Oriental turtle doves, Hematology, Biochemistry, Refractometer, Protein electrophoresis.

*Correspondence: E-mail: pinhuan@ntu.edu.tw