Comparative Topographical Description of the Central Nervous System of the Macaw (Ara ararauna) and the Owl (Tyto furcata)

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Luana Félix de Melo; Felipe Rici Azarias; Maria Eugênia Furtado Walther; Julia Bastos de Aquino; Rosangela Felipe Rodrigues; Alan Ferraz de Melo; Helder Telles Stapait; Edris Queiroz Lopes & Rose Eli Grassi Rici


The study of animal neurology has historically focused on the closest descendants of humans, such as monkeys and chimpanzees. Because of this, the neurology of birds remains poorly studied and understood by humans compared to other groups of animals. Thus, the objective was to describe the central nervous system to better understand its functioning, correlating the findings with the role it plays in the physiology and biology of birds, comparing species with different behaviors between herbivores and carnivores, filling gaps in the literature serving as subsidy for future research.

KEY WORDS: Birds. Brain. Nervous system.

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MELO, L. F.; AZARIAS, F. R.; WALTHER, M. E. F.; AQUINO, J. B.; RODRIGUES, R. F.; MELO, A. F.; STAPAIT, H. T.; LOPES, E. Q. & RICI, R. E. G. Comparative topographical description of the central nervous system of the macaw (Ara ararauna) and the owl (Tyto furcata). Int. J. Morphol., 40(3):860-866, 2022.