Ciência e Agrotecnologia
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SAAD, Carlos Eduardo do Prado; FERREIRA, Walter Motta; BORGES, Flávia Maria de Oliveira and LARA, Leonardo Boscoli. Digestibility and protein retention of foods for blue-fronted parrot (Amazona aestiva). Ciênc. agrotec. [online]. 2007, vol.31, n.5, pp. 1500-1505. ISSN 1413-7054. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1413-70542007000500034.
Were used 34 blue fronted parrot, distributed in blocks with 17 treatments (T1 - reference diet, T2 - sunflower seed, T3 - oat, T4 - egg yolk, T5 - integral egg, T6 - egg white, T7 - wheat germen, T8 - wheat bran, T9 - triturated corn, T10 - jellied corn, T11 - sunflower bran, T12 - yeast, T13 - citric pulp, T14 - papaya, T15 - banana, T16 - soy bran, T17 - extruded soy) during three periods, totaling six repetitions (102 experimental units). For foods evaluation the substitution methodology was used. They were appraised the digestibility coefficients of the dry matter (DM) and organic matter (OM) and the protein retention of the evaluated foods. Were compared the treatments two to 17. The treatment 1 (reference diet) it was just used for the substitution calculations, not being part of the statistical analyses. The averages were compared by the test Scott-Knott. The obtained results allowed to conclude that: 1 - foods as the jellied corn, the egg yolk and the sunflower seed, as well as the oat, integral egg, triturated corn, papaya and banana, they possess high DM and OM digestibility for parrots, could be considered as good choice options for the composition of a complete diet; 2 - foods as the citric pulp and the sunflower bran presented low apparent and true digestibility of the DM and OM and they should be used in low levels and with moderation in the formulation of rations for these birds; 3 - the true nitrogen retention was positive for all the birds, what suggests that the same ones can be depositing still tissues, however, due to the high variation coefficient, this measured it seems not to be adapted to express the real nitrogen retention coefficient for parrots.
Keywords : Wild animals; birds; nutrition.