Chapter 44. Pigeons and Doves

  1. Robert Hubrecht and
  2. James Kirkwood
  1. Anthony McGregor1 and
  2. Mark Haselgrove2

Published Online: 8 FEB 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9781444318777.ch44

The UFAW Handbook on the Care and Management of Laboratory and Other Research Animals, Eighth Edition

The UFAW Handbook on the Care and Management of Laboratory and Other Research Animals, Eighth Edition

How to Cite

McGregor, A. and Haselgrove, M. (2010) Pigeons and Doves, in The UFAW Handbook on the Care and Management of Laboratory and Other Research Animals, Eighth Edition (eds R. Hubrecht and J. Kirkwood), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444318777.ch44

Editor Information

  1. UFAW, The Old School, Brewhouse Hill, Wheathampstead, Hertfordshire AL4 8AN, UK

Author Information

  1. 1

    Department of Psychology, Durham University, South Road, Durham DH1 3LE, UK

  2. 2

    School of Psychology, University of Nottingham, University Park, Nottingham NG7 2RD, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 8 FEB 2010
  2. Published Print: 26 MAR 2010

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405175234

Online ISBN: 9781444318777

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Keywords:

  • doves and pigeons, family Columbidae within order Columbiformes;
  • courtship and pair bonding;
  • commonly used species for research purposes - the domestic pigeon;
  • feral pigeons, colonial breeders foraging in flocks;
  • nest building, ovulation and incubation;
  • laboratory feeding and dietary requirements;
  • individual birds, identified for life - if ringed at fledging with numbered or coloured split plastic rings8. pigeons and doves - easily loosing feathers if improperly handled;
  • temperature taken by inserting - a cloacal thermometer or thermister into cloaca;
  • health monitoring and signs of disease

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Biological overview

  • Breeds and supply

  • Uses in the laboratory

  • Laboratory management and breeding

  • Laboratory procedures

  • Common welfare problems

  • Risks to humans

  • Acknowledgements

  • References