Causes of Mississippi sandhill crane mortality in captivity 1984-95

January 10-13, 1996, Biloxi, Miss.
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Edited by: R.P. Urbanek and D.W. Stahlecker


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During 1984-95, 111 deaths were documented in the captive flock of Mississippi sandhill cranes (Grus canadensis pulla) housed at the Paluxent Wildlife Research Center. Trauma was the leading cause of death (37%), followed by infectious/parasitic diseases (25%), anatomic abnormalities (15%), and miscellaneous (8%). No positive diagnosis of cause of death was found in 19% of the necropsies. Chicks < 2 months old suffered 76% of captive deaths. Trauma, the greatest cause of deaths of captive juveniles anti adults, is likely limited to collisions in the wild. lnfectious/parasitic diseases and anatomic abnormalities could affect wild chick survival at similar rates to those of captive chicks.

Additional publication details

Publication type Book chapter
Publication Subtype Book Chapter
Title Causes of Mississippi sandhill crane mortality in captivity 1984-95
Year Published 1997
Language English
Publisher North American Crane Working Group
Publisher location Grand Island, Nebraska
Contributing office(s) Patuxent Wildlife Research Center
Description ix, 262
Larger Work Type Book
Larger Work Subtype Conference publication
Larger Work Title Proceedings of the Seventh North American Crane Workshop
First page 249
Last page 252