Semen characteristics of the captive Indian white-backed vulture (Gyps bengalensis).

  title={Semen characteristics of the captive Indian white-backed vulture (Gyps bengalensis).},
  author={Govindhaswamy Umapathy and Sadanand Dewaji Sontakke and Anuradha Reddy and Shakeel Ahmed and Sisinthy Shivaji},
  journal={Biology of reproduction},
  volume={73 5},
The present paper describes, to our knowledge for the first time, the successful collection and evaluation of semen from the Indian white-backed vulture (Gyps bengalensis), a critically endangered bird. Over a period of 2 yr, semen was collected using the manual massage method and evaluated for semen volume, semen pH, sperm concentration, percentage normal/abnormal spermatozoa, and percentage motile spermatozoa. It appears that the concentration of spermatozoa and percentage motile spermatozoa… CONTINUE READING
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