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Differences in bone mineral content and density between male and female budgerigars (Melopsittacus undulatus) during the non-reproductive season


Zulauf-Fischer, I; Liesegang, A; Haessig, M; Clauss, Marcus; Hatt, J M (2006). Differences in bone mineral content and density between male and female budgerigars (Melopsittacus undulatus) during the non-reproductive season. Journal of Veterinary Medicine Series A, 53(9):456-457.

Abstract

It is known that female birds increase medullary mineral stores in long bones shortly before egg laying. Here, we present results from two groups of budgerigars, in both of which females had significantly higher bone mineral contents and densities, as measured by peripheral quantitative computed tomography of the tibiotarsus, during a reproductively dormant period. The results could indicate that female birds can accumulate mineral stores outside of the breeding season.

It is known that female birds increase medullary mineral stores in long bones shortly before egg laying. Here, we present results from two groups of budgerigars, in both of which females had significantly higher bone mineral contents and densities, as measured by peripheral quantitative computed tomography of the tibiotarsus, during a reproductively dormant period. The results could indicate that female birds can accumulate mineral stores outside of the breeding season.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:05 Vetsuisse Faculty > Institute of Animal Nutrition
05 Vetsuisse Faculty > Veterinary Clinic > Department of Small Animals
05 Vetsuisse Faculty > Veterinary Clinic > Department of Farm Animals
Dewey Decimal Classification:570 Life sciences; biology
630 Agriculture
Language:English
Date:2006
Deposited On:23 Apr 2008 14:18
Last Modified:07 Sep 2016 08:42
Publisher:Wiley-Blackwell
ISSN:0931-184X
Publisher DOI:10.1111/j.1439-0442.2006.00878.x
PubMed ID:17054480
Permanent URL: http://doi.org/10.5167/uzh-2338

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