Blood serum chemistry of wild Alaskan Black-capped Chickadees (Poecile atricapillus) with avian keratin disorder

Journal of Wildlife Diseases
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Abstract

We measured serum chemistries in wild Black-capped Chickadees (Poecile atricapillus) from Alaska to test for potential differences associated with beak deformities characteristic of avian keratin disorder. Lower uric acid in affected birds was the only difference detected between groups, although sample sizes were small. This difference could be associated with fasting or malnutrition in birds with beak deformities, but it is challenging to interpret its biologic significance without reference values. Black-capped Chickadees had high levels of aspartate aminotransferase, lactate dehydrogenase, and creatine kinase relative to reference values for companion birds. However, all serum chemistry parameters from our study were within the range of values reported from other apparently healthy wild-caught birds.

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Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Blood serum chemistry of wild Alaskan Black-capped Chickadees (Poecile atricapillus) with avian keratin disorder
Series title Journal of Wildlife Diseases
DOI 10.7589/2016-02-034
Volume 52
Issue 4
Year Published 2016
Language English
Publisher Wildlife Disease Association
Contributing office(s) Alaska Science Center Biology WTEB
Description 4 p.
First page 927
Last page 930