Step 1: How to Report Dead Birds
Crows and blue jays
are the birds most likely to die when infected with West Nile Virus (WNV).
Other birds such as sparrows, common grackles, owls, and hawks may also
become infected with WNV and die. Public
health agencies often track or test dead birds because they may be the first
sign of WNV activity in an area.
To Dispose of a Dead Bird:
You can use the Missouri Department of
Health and Senior Services online form for reporting a dead crow, blue
jay, grackle, sparrow, hawk, or owl. Click on the Dead Bird Reporting Form using
the link in the left sidebar. This information will be made available
to all the health departments in the state.
This online form is not used for submitting dead birds for WNV testing.
You can call your local health department directly to find out
if they accept dead birds for WNV testing.
View a list of Missouri's local public health agencies.
Birds that die from WNV infection usually are found by themselves and not as
part of a mass die-off at a single time and place. If you find a cluster of
dead birds or other wildlife, the primary cause of death may not be WNV. Before
you report the incident here, please inform your local wildlife officials
about the incident.
Please DO NOT REPORT birds that are decomposed, have maggots, smell bad, or are
dried out. We are interested in birds that have recently died. Only report dead
birds found in the state of Missouri.
contact with any fluids coming out of the bird.
plastic or latex gloves or use several leak-proof plastic bags as a glove.
the bird in a double plastic bag.
tightly making sure the claws or beak do not puncture the bags.
the bird in an outside trash receptacle.
hands thoroughly with soap.
you for your help.