Exertional myopathy in Pileated Woodpeckers (Dryocopus pileatus) subsequent to capture

Mark G. Ruder, Brandon L. Noel, James C. Bednarz, Michael K Keel

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Out of 33 Pileated Woodpeckers (Dryocopus pileatus) captured and fitted with radio-transmitters, 12 were later found dead. Three carcasses were recovered and submitted for necropsy. One bird had large pale foci in multiple muscles. Microscopically, skeletal muscle in all three had evidence of severe coagulative necrosis, consistent with capture myopathy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)514-516
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Wildlife Diseases
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2012
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Ecology


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