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Birds of Prey: Health and Disease, 3rd Edition

Birds of Prey: Health and Disease, 3rd Edition

John E. Cooper (Editor)

ISBN: 978-1-405-14732-3

Apr 2008, Wiley-Blackwell

384 pages



Raptor biology has evolved enormously since the publication of the original edition of this book under the title Veterinary Aspects of Captive Birds of Prey. With the help of leading international experts, John E. Cooper has updated and expanded this classic reference to include all the latest data on the health and diseases of raptors. While still serving the needs of veterinary surgeons who treat birds of prey, Birds of Prey: Health & Disease also appeals to a wide readership of falconers, avian researchers, breeders, rehabilitators and zoo staff.

Important changes to this new edition are the inclusion of data on free-living birds, additional material on fractures, pathology, legislation and poisons, and new sections on neonatology, health monitoring, captive-breeding and host-parasite relations.

This book reviews all aspects of birds of prey, giving invaluable up-to-date information on diseases and pathology, but also looking at the history of the subject, the origins of terms, the evolution of current thinking and ending with a reliable list of primary references for further reading.

Foreword - Patrick T. Redig; Foreword to the First Edition (1978), with Tribute - Leslie Brown; Preface; List of Contributors; Introduction - the history of raptor medicine; Nomenclature; Anatomy - Paolo Zucca; Methods of investigation and treatment; Non-infectious diseases; Infectious diseases, excluding macroparasites; Parasitic diseases - with Oliver Krone; Foot conditions; Neurological (nervous) disorders; Nutritional diseases, including poisoning, in captive birds; Poisoning of wild (free-living) birds - contributed by David Peakall; Anaesthesia and surgery; Miscellaneous and emerging diseases; Diseases in wild (free-living) bird populations - contributed by Ian Newton; Discussion and conclusions;.

Appendix I - List of species raptor; Appendix II - Clinical examination form; Appendix III - Post-mortem examination form and egg/embryo examination forms; Appendix IV - Cytology, blood smear and other report forms; Appendix V - Key to major clinical diagnoses; Appendix VI - Key to major (gross) post-mortem diagnoses including findings in eggs; Appendix VII - The principles of health monitoring; Appendix VIII - Minimally invasive health monitoring; Appendix IX - Medicines and other agents used in treatment; Appendix X - Fieldwork, field kits and portable equipment, Field post-mortem technique; Appendix XI - Legislation and codes of practice relevant to working with raptors - Margaret Cooper; References and Further Reading; Index

"There aren't many veterinary textbooks you could happily take on holiday with you to read, but Birds of Prey - Health and Disease is just such a book.

The book should be purchased by every practice seeing raptors. It should be in the library of everyone involved in wild bird rehabilitation, veterinary and non-veterinary."

Veterinary Times, 2003

* the classic text on the subject
* the last edition was published in 1985
* now includes contributions by leading international experts
* includes an 8 page colour plate section