Marked differences in the splanchnometry of farm-bred and wild red-legged partridges (Alectoris rufa L.)

J. Millán, C. Gortázar, R. Villafuerte

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Abstract

Relative weights of heart, spleen, pancreas, and liver and the relative lengths of the small intestine and the cecum were taken from 40 farm-bred and 43 wild juvenile red-legged partridges (Alectoris rufa Linnaeus) in central Spain. Expressed as a ratio to head and body length, farm-bred partridges had lighter hearts (17% lighter), spleens (78%), and livers (29%) and shorter small intestines (15%) and cecae (20%), than wild birds of the same age. When expressed as a ratio to body weight, farm-bred juvenile red-legged partridges had lighter hearts (12%) and livers (23%) and shorter small intestines (9%) and cecae (12%) than wild partridges. Those differences might have been produced by diet differences (such as fiber-poor, high-energy feeds used on farms) and may affect the survival of farm-bred partridges after release.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)972-975
Number of pages4
JournalPoultry Science
Volume80
Issue number7
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2001

Keywords

  • Alectoris rufa
  • Gamebird-breeding
  • Red-legged partridge
  • Spain
  • Splanchnometry

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Animal Science and Zoology

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