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1 October 2010 Health Evaluation of Western Arctic King Eiders (Somateria spectabilis)
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The western arctic population of King Eiders (Somateria spectabilis) has declined by >50% in recent years. A health assessment was conducted for adult King Eiders breeding on the north slope of Alaska, USA, to evaluate body condition (n=90, 2002–2006) and baseline biochemical and hematologic values (n=20–30, 2005–2006). Body condition for males and females was excellent. Total protein, calcium, alkaline phosphatase, amylase, and globulin were significantly higher in females than in males, likely because of differences in reproductive physiology. These baseline health data can be used to promote conservation of King Eiders and other closely related species of concern.

Cheryl A. Scott, Jonna A. K. Mazet, and Abby N. Powell "Health Evaluation of Western Arctic King Eiders (Somateria spectabilis)," Journal of Wildlife Diseases 46(4), 1290-1294, (1 October 2010). https://doi.org/10.7589/0090-3558-46.4.1290
Received: 18 March 2009; Accepted: 1 May 2010; Published: 1 October 2010
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