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General and reproductive behaviour of Indian domestic pigeon (Columba livia) in relation to haematology.


The Importance of the study was to obtain hematological parameters in relation to age, sex and behavioral values in wild-living pigeons. We found the significant differences in the erythrocyte count, hematocrit, hemoglobin concentration and erythrocyte sedimentation rate in relation to age of pigeons. There were no differences in hematological values between males and females. The leukogram and H/L ratio did not vary by age and sex in pigeons. As far as we know, this is the first study in which the morphometric parameters of blood cells in pigeons were presented. We found extremely low concentration of lead in blood (at subtreshold level). No blood parasites were found in blood smears. The analysis of body mass and biometric parameters revealed a significant difference dependent on age and sex. No differences in the scaled mass index were found. Our results represent a normal hematologic and blood chemistry values and age-sex related changes, as reference values for the pigeons. The investigation on "General and reproductive behavior of Indian domestic pigeon in relation to hematology" has been specially aimed to focus on over all behavioral pattern related to reproduction, growth and development of the pigeon with physiological adaptations and variations in corpuscular haematological parameters. Present research has been designed to find out variation corpuscular haematological parameters related to reproduction, growth, development and behavior of the domestic or feral pigeon.