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BSAVA Manual of Raptors, Pigeons and Passerine Birds


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BSAVA Manual of Raptors, Pigeons and Passerine Birds

John Chitty (Editor), Michael Lierz (Editor)

ISBN: 978-1-905-31904-6 December 2008 352 Pages


This book updates completely the information on birds of prey and pigeons and doves found in the BSAVA Manual of Raptors, Pigeons and Waterfowl, published twelve years ago. The advent of the new BSAVA Manual of Farm Pets, which encompasses waterfowl, has allowed a change in focus to feature passerine birds in detail for the first time.

The Manual starts with the all-important area of husbandry for the three groups, including those kept as working birds as well as ornamental and pet species. More general topics, such as handling, examination, diagnostic procedures and surgery are dealt with across the groups, with notes as required on specific differences. An excellent chapter is included on endoscopy and endosurgery - a major technique for avian patients.

The specialist section on raptor disease is very detailed, including an in-depth chapter on foot disease, especially bumblefoot. Recent interest in captive breeding is reflected in detailed chapters on reproduction and paediatrics. The sections dedicated to pigeons and passerine birds look at birds at both the individual and flock level.

A wealth of international expert authors, and the BSAVA Manual trademark practical approach and superb full-colour images throughout make this book a wonderful addition to the practice bookshelf.



1. Raptor Husbandry and Falconry Techniques.

2. Pigeon Husbandry and Racing Management.

3. Passerine Bird Husbandry and Show Management.


4. Anatomy and Physiology.

5. Handling and Transport.

6. Examination, Triage and Hospitalization.

7. Basic Techniques.

8. Clinical Pathology and Post-Mortem Examination.

9. Anaesthesia and Analgesia.

10. Radiography.

11. Advanced Non-Invasive Imaging Techniques.

12. Endoscopy, Biopsy and Endosurgery.

13. Soft Tissue Surgery.

14. Hard Tissue Surgery.


15. Disorders of the Feet.

16. Nutrition.

17. Parasitic Disease.

18. Infectious Diseases.

19. Respiratory Problems.

20. Reproductive Disease, Incubation and Artificial Insemination.

21. Paediatrics and Behavioural Development and Disorders.

22. Gastrointestinal Tract Disease.

23. Feather and Skin Diseases.

24. Ophthalmology.

25. Systemic and Non-Infectious Diseases.


26. Nutrition.

27. The Poor Performance Bird.

28. Infectious Diseases.

29. Respiratory Disease.

30. Gastrointestinal Tract Disease.

31. Systemic and Non-Infectious Disorders.

Passerine Birds.

32. Nutrition and Nutritional Diseases.

33. Approach to The Sick Individual.

34. Going Light.

35. Investigation of Flock Mortality/Morbidity.

36. Legal, Zoonotic and Ethical Considerations.



"This up-to-date manual is highly recommended for any veterinarian who works with raptors, pigeons, and passerine birds. The quality of the information presented, the color photographs and illustrations, and the clinically relevant presentation of different flow charts and tables ensures that this will become a wellthumbed reference hook for years to come." (Journal of Exotic Pet Medicine, July 2009)

  • New refocused edition of BSAVA Manual of Raptors, Pigeons and Waterfowl
  • Emphasis on husbandry
  • Includes sections on medicine and surgery organised by system and species for ease of reference
  • Includes a useful formulary
  • Richly illustrated throughout in full colour
  • Written by a team of international authors