Re: breeding sunbirds, constant failures

Subject: Re: breeding sunbirds, constant failures
From: Stephen Ambrose <>
Date: Tue, 28 Apr 1998 06:59:19 +1000
At 07:15 PM 4/27/98 +1000, Pat Macwhirter wrote:

>From a veterinary view point this is
>a single hen with neonatal mortality in successive clutches. All of the
>possibilities that Steve etc raised are valid but I would also wonder about
>an oviduct infection, either viral or bacterial, that might be causing weak
>chicks or an incubation problem or a nutritional deficiency. 

Have there been many studies of endemic diseases in wild populations of
Australian birds? Dare I suggest that this would be interesting to hear
more about on Birding-Aus?


Dr Stephen Ambrose
Research Manager

Birds Australia (Royal Australasian Ornithologists Union)
Australian Bird Research Centre
415 Riversdale Road,
Hawthorn East,
VIC   3123.

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Fax:    +61 3 9882 2677
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