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SSP/TAG:            Thick-billed Parrot SSP              DATE: March 2004 (2003 Summary)

 

VETERINARY ADVISOR CONTACT INFORMATION:

Name: Nadine Lamberski, DVM, Dipl. ACZM

 

e-mail: nlamberski@sandiegozoo.org

 

Address:             San Diego Wild Animal Park

15500 San Pasqual Valley Road

Escondido, CA 92027-7017

 

Phone: (day)            760.291.5406 (evening) 760.522.3066 (FAX) 760.747.3168

 

MORBIDITY (Significant illnesses/issues facing this species this year):

West Nile Virus

Heavy metal toxicity

Mycobacterium

Proventricular Dilitation Disease

Hypoproteinemia

Sarcocystis

Salmonella septicemia

 

MORTALITY (Causes of death in this year):

Cause of Death                                                 SB #               Sex                 Age

Complications following laparoscopy               33                    0.1                   29 yrs

Anesthetic death                                                 183                 1.0                   18 yrs

WNV                                                                      231                 0.1                   13 yrs

Anesthetic death                                                  233                 0.1                   13 yrs

Multiorgan necrosis (viral etiology?)                  277                 1.0                   14 yrs

WNV                                                                      283                 0.1                   13 yrs

WNV                                                                      313                 0.1                   16 yrs

Not determined (protozoal?)                               350                 1.0                   22 yrs 

WNV                                                                       449                 0.1                   17 yrs

Anesthetic death                                                   597                 0.1                   2 yrs

Salmonella septicemia                                         616                 1.0                   5 mos

 

12 necropsy reports unavailable for review

 

TOTAL POPULATION: 67.63.4

 

BIRTHS:  0.3.2 birds hatched and survived in 2003 (all parent-reared)

Number of pairs recommended for breeding: Breeding intentionally limited in 2003 due to WNV concerns and pending genetic analysis of the population.

Number of pairs bred: 3

 

ANESTHETIC PROTCOLS:

Isoflurane recommended.

Butorphanol in combination with isoflurane is not recommended as there have been several unexplained deaths following the use of this combination.

 

VACCINE RECOMMENDATIONS:

WNV: initial series of 3 vaccines, 3 weeks apart (Fort Dodge, killed product) 1.0 ml IM breast muscle divided into 2 sites.

Annual WNV booster.

Chicks should be vaccinated beginning at 8 weeks of age.

WNV serology recommended prior to vaccination (birds with positive titers will not need to be vaccinated).

Opportunistic blood collection for WNV titer to monitor response to vaccination strongly encouraged.

 

Pacheco’s and polyomavirus vaccination not generally recommended; however, this will vary from institution to institution.

 

CONTRACEPTION:

Remove eggs, replace with artificial eggs

 

ACTIVE RESEARCH PROJECTS:

Herpesvirus (Nadine Lamberski)

Feather picking (Leigh Clayton)

Karyotyping of population (George Amato)

 

NUTRITIONAL RECOMMENDATIONS:

Commercial pellet, produce, seeds, nuts

 

NEW HEALTH CARE RECOMMENDATIONS:

Thick-billed parrots are very susceptible to WNV and vaccination is mandatory at this point in time.

Due to the possibility of shedding herpesvirus, thick bills should not be housed with other psittacines.

 

NEW SSP/TAG PROTOCOLS:

See vaccination recommendations above.

Serology for WNV post vaccination is necessary in order to evaluate the efficacy of vaccination.

Opportunistic testing for infectious diseases is recommended (PBFD, Pacheco’s disease, polyomavirus, Chlamydia, Aspergillus). Please forward results to the veterinary advisor.

 

 

INFORMATION FROM THE FIELD:

The Thick-billed SSP provides resource allocation to the ongoing field efforts coordinated by Dr. Ernesto Enkerhlin and Monterrey Tech.

Current data being collected includes chick feeding behavior, chick weights and measurements, documentation of nest site location, nest cavity temperature and humidity, screening for ectoparasites, and fecal collection for detection of herpesvirus.

 

Keeper exchange

Keepers working at participating institutions interested in working in the Sierra Madres for three weeks at a time during the nesting season (August-October) should contact Susan Healy (shealy@cityofsacramento.org).

 

 

Need money

Individuals or institutions interested in contributing to SSP Action Plan (www.aza.org) or the field program in Mexico should contact Susan Healy (shealy@cityofsacramento.org).

 

 

 

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