Monitoring wild Greenfinch (Carduelis chloris) for Salmonella enterica typhimurium

David Grant, Peter A. Todd, Tom Pennycott

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Abstract

The identification and monitoring of emerging infectious diseases in free living wild birds is a challenge to wildlife biologists. In this study, a non-invasive methodology for identifying salmonellosis in wild garden birds was developed. We focussed on greenfinch, Carduelis chloris, which were found to have a seasonal pattern in the occurrence of Salmonella Typhimurium DT 56(v). Principal components analysis of biometric data indicated that low fat and low weight could be useful indicators of Salmonella positive greenfinch. A combination of biometrics taken from live birds, faecal analysis, and behavioural observations provide an effective and efficient system for identifying the presence of salmonellosis within greenfinch.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)571-574
Number of pages4
JournalEcological Research
Volume22
Issue number4
Early online date24 Oct 2006
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2007
Externally publishedYes

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Salmonella enterica
salmonellosis
biometry
bird
emerging diseases
monitoring
birds
wild birds
Salmonella Typhimurium
biologists
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Salmonella
principal component analysis
seasonal variation
infectious disease
garden
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Carduelis chloris

Keywords

  • Greenfinch
  • Salmonellosis
  • Disease monitoring
  • Wild birds
  • Principal components analysis

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Grant, David ; Todd, Peter A. ; Pennycott, Tom . / Monitoring wild Greenfinch (Carduelis chloris) for Salmonella enterica typhimurium. In: Ecological Research. 2007 ; Vol. 22, No. 4. pp. 571-574.
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