Incidental Kill of Dunlin and Killdeer by Strychnine

Dunlin (Calidris alpina) Science Article 10


Strychnine poisoning of 36 dunlin (Calidris alpina) and two killdeer (Charadriusvociferus) in Yolo County, California (USA) was documented from 1 1 to 17 December 1990. Birds were found dead on a field containing treated wheat seeds (337 zg strychnine/g seed) in postures consistent with the known physiopathology of strychnine poisoning: rapid rigor mortis, wings folded over backs, straightened toes, and fecal material extruding from vents.

Nils Wamock and Steven E. Schwarzbach, Journal of Wildlife Diseases, 31(4), 1995, pp. 566-569

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