Dead Cedar Waxwing in Yard

Asked September 1, 2018, 11:00 AM EDT

I found a dead cedar waxwing in my yard. Prior to seeing ants on it, it appeared as though it was sitting in the grass; there no obvious signs of trauma (it didn’t appear to have a broken neck nor other broken body parts). Currently, it’s buried in a shallow grave. Should I/Do I take it somewhere for a necropsy to confirm/rule out WNV?

Oakland County Michigan birds

1 Response

Following is a response from a faculty member here on campus. Thank you!

I do not think it is necessary to submit the bird for necropsy – it is likely dead due to hitting window and then died as a result of injuries (even if not near building). Or, other causes - could be anything but I doubt it is WNV. However, if they notice other birds dying then they should report to DNR.

In future if they want to submit bird for necropsy they should put bird in plastic bag and place in the refrigerator before asking who to contact.