Anatomy and physiology of the gastro-intestinal tract and growth curves of the ostrich (Struthio camelus)

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  • Ross G. COOPER,

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    1. Department of Physiology, University of Central England, Birmingham, UK
      Ross G. Cooper, Department of Physiology, School of Health and Policy Studies, Baker Building, Room 701, University of Central England, Birmingham B42 2SU, UK. (Email: rgcooperuk@yahoo.com)
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  • Khalid M. MAHROZE

    1. Department of Poultry, Faculty of Agriculture, Zagazig University, Zagazig, Egypt
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Ross G. Cooper, Department of Physiology, School of Health and Policy Studies, Baker Building, Room 701, University of Central England, Birmingham B42 2SU, UK. (Email: rgcooperuk@yahoo.com)

ABSTRACT

The ostrich is an important animal in many livestock industries and in the developing world. The digestive system of the ostrich differs considerably from that of non-ruminant animals or poultry. The genetic potential of an ostrich can be described by its characteristic growth curve. This present paper presents an account of the rearing, anatomy of the gastro-intestinal tract, and growth curves of this bird.

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