Differential counts of white blood cells in the Alpine Accentor Prunella collaris
Differential count of white blood cells (WBC) provides information on the profile of their components. There has not been done any hematological research in the alpine species Alpine Accentor (P. collaris) yet. The research found out the dependence of changes in profile of WBC count in the relation to the sex, age and year period. The most changes in the number of WBC were found in the lymphocytes and heterophils. It has been proved, that those changes are not related to sex, but are related to the age of individual. The proportion of lymphocytes was in juveniles 64% and in adults 51.9%. The proportion of heterophils was in juve-niles 33.7% and in adults 38.6%. Seasonal changes in the WBC profile were also notified. The shifts of leucocyte values were recorded during spring, summer and autumn. In the spring period the number of hetrophils decreased (32.42%) in the comparison to the autumn levels (58.43%), while in case of lymphocytes the trend was inverted (in spring 45.24%, and in autumn 56.29%). The increase in eosinophil number is similar to that in case of lymphocytes, but this trend was not statistically significant. The number of monocytes and basophils has not been dependent on the season. Our results confirm higher number of lymphocytes compared to heterophils in the studied species.
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