The Predatory Bird Monitoring Scheme recently published a report on the potential for use of population health indices for the barn owl.
Lee Walker explains “Each bird that is submitted to the scheme is given a post-mortem examination during which many observations and measurements are made. The information gathered during this examination could potentially be used to monitor the health status of birds at the time of their death or at a particular stage of their development.
In the current study, we focused on examining potential health indicators for the barn owls, Tyto alba. This will enable us to maximize the value of the data generated by the scheme to study chemicals in our environment and general avian ecology.”
The report can be downloaded from the PBMS Reports page