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Table 1 Species identification of birdstrike remains (blood, tissue, feathers) collected from aircraft after landing at Perth Airport

From: Metabarcoding avian diets at airports: implications for birdstrike hazard management planning

Case number Sample type Species identified Common name Comments
1 Blood soaked feather Bubulcus ibis Cattle egret 100% match 12S and Cytb
2 Blood swab Columba livia Common pigeon 100% match 12S only
3 Feather Columba livia Common pigeon 100% match 12S only
4a Blood swab Fulica atra australis Australian coot 100% match 12S only
4b Feather Fulica atra australis Australian coot 100% match 12S only
5 Blood swab Hirundinidae Swallow and martin family 97% match with 12S
   Petrochelidon ariel Fairy martin 98% match with Cytb
6 Partial carcass Chroicocephalus hartlaubii Hartlaub’s gull* 100% match Cytb only
   Chroicocephalus cirrocephalus Grey-headed gull* 100% match Cytb only
7 Blood swab N/A N/A Extract failed to amplify DNA
8 Feather Apus pacificus Pacific swift 100% match 12S and Cytb
9 Blood swab Hirundinidae Swallow and martin family 97.9% match with 12S
   Hirundo nigricans Tree martin 99.8% match with Cytb
10 Feather Falco berigora Brown falcon 100% match Cytb only. Strike reported on take off
11 Blood swab Pteropus poliocephalus Grey‒headed flying fox 99.4% match with Cytb. Strike occurred on take off
12 Blood swab Accipitridae Birds of prey 90.5% match 12S, 90.9% match Cytb
13a Blood swab Chenonetta jubata Australian wood duck 90.5% match 12S, 90.9% match Cytb
13b Blood swab Chenonetta jubata Australian wood duck 90.5% match 12S, 90.9% match Cytb
  1. Species identification by the Australian Wildife Forensic Services used mitochondrial DNA sequencing (12S rRNA and/or Cytb).
  2. * Cytb sequences matched 100% to two Chroicocephalus species.