Advances in Animal and Veterinary Sciences

Research Article
Adv. Anim. Vet. Sci. 9(7): 989-993
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Pamela Bejdić1*, Amela Katica1, Nadžida Mlaćo1, Lejla Velić2, Amel Ćutuk3, Benjamin Čengić4

1Department of Anatomy and Histology with Embryology, Veterinary Faculty, University of Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina; 2Department of Microbiology and Infectious diseases, Veterinary faculty, University of Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina; 3Department of Ambulatory Clinics, Veterinary Faculty, University of Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina; 4Department for Obstetrics and Udder diseases, Veterinary Faculty, University of Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Abstract | The aim of this study was to morphologically describe the air sac system in Rosy-faced parrots (Agapornis roseicollis) and provide useful data for future veterinary care and treatment of respiratory system diseases in these pets. The research was conducted on five birds. In order to obtain the casts of the air sacs, we applied the corrosion cast technique, where we used the 26% solution of Vinylite mass. The research showed that the anatomy of the air sacs in these parrots was very similar to that in other birds, but there was some specific characteristic regarding the arrangement and connection between the air sacs. In Rosy-faced parrots we identified nine air sacs, the one unpaired, saccus clavicularis and paired saccus cervicalis, thoracicus cranialis, thoracicus caudalis and abdominalis. The casts showed that clavicular and cranial thoracic air sacs established a connection through the diverticula sternalia. These anatomical characteristics can be common to birds from Psittaciformes order and additional research need to be performed to confirm these findings.

Keywords | Rosy-faced lovebirds, Parrots, Air sacs, Anatomy