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Bird Ecology and ConservationA Handbook of Techniques$
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William J. Sutherland, Ian Newton, and Rhys Green

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780198520863

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198520863.001.0001

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Information from dead and dying birds

Information from dead and dying birds

(p.179) 8 Information from dead and dying birds
Bird Ecology and Conservation

John E. Cooper

Oxford University Press

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

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