Hematology and hematozoa of adult and nestling Cooper's Hawks in Arizona

Clint W. Boal, K. Stormy Hudelson, R. William Mannan, Tracy S. Estabrook

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Abstract

We determined age- and sex-specific packed cell volume (PCV) and total blood solid (TS) levels to detect diseases in Cooper's Hawks (Accipiter cooperii) in southeast Arizona. We also identified hematozoa infecting Cooper's Hawks, determined age- and sex-specific infection rates, and evaluated the influence of hematozoan infections on PCV and TS. Adult females also had a greater mean PCVs than adult females and nestlings (P < 0.05). Adult females also had a greater mean PCV than nestlings (P < 0.05). There was no difference in PCV between the sexes of nestlings and there was no difference in TS levels between the sexes of adults or nestlings, but TS levels were greater among adults (P < 0.05). Hematozoan infection rates did not differ between the sexes of adults (P = 0.553) but adults had a greater infection rate than nestlings (P = 0.022). Hematozoan infections did not appear to influence PCV or TS among adult Cooper's Hawks.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)281-285
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Raptor Research
Volume32
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 1 1998

Keywords

  • Accipiter cooperii
  • Arizona
  • Blood parasites
  • Cooper's Hawks
  • Hematology
  • Hematozoa

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Animal Science and Zoology

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    Boal, C. W., Hudelson, K. S., Mannan, R. W., & Estabrook, T. S. (1998). Hematology and hematozoa of adult and nestling Cooper's Hawks in Arizona. Journal of Raptor Research, 32(4), 281-285.