Information from dead and dying birds

John E. Cooper

in Bird Ecology and Conservation

Published in print June 2004 | ISBN: 9780198520863
Published online September 2007 | e-ISBN: 9780191706189 | DOI:

Series: Techniques in Ecology & Conservation

 Information from dead and dying birds

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This chapter describes methods used to obtain information relevant to studies of ecology and conservation from dead birds. Collection of dead birds from the field and their storage are described. Techniques used in post-mortem examinations are explained and key terms are defined. The internal anatomy of birds, as it is observed post mortem, is introduced. Recording forms are supplied for examinations of dead birds and eggs. The collection, preservation, and storage of tissue samples for subsequent investigations are described. The uses of laboratory tests carried out on tissues and blood samples taken from live and dead birds are explained. The interpretation of post-mortem findings and attribution, and of causes of death are discussed. Legal and safety aspects of post-mortem examinations are considered.

Keywords: post mortem; necropsy; pathology; mortality; cause of death

Chapter.  9832 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Biodiversity and Conservation Biology

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