SSP/TAG: Thick-billed Parrot SSP DATE: March 2004 (2003 Summary)
VETERINARY ADVISOR CONTACT INFORMATION:
Name: Nadine Lamberski, DVM, Dipl. ACZM
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
Proventricular Dilitation Disease
MORTALITY (Causes of death in this year):
Cause of Death SB # Sex Age
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
Butorphanol in combination with isoflurane is not recommended as there have been several unexplained deaths following the use of this combination.
ACTIVE RESEARCH PROJECTS:
Karyotyping of population (George Amato)
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:
Individuals or institutions interested in contributing to SSP Action Plan (www.aza.org) or the field program in Mexico should contact Susan Healy (firstname.lastname@example.org).
NEW REFERENCES FOR THE BIBLIOGRAPHY/WEBSITE:
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