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What species of birds can be tested?

American Crows and California Scrub-jays have a high mortality rate once infected. However, all species of birds may be tested except chickens, doves, pigeons, and quail. These species are not tested because they are not known to die of WNV.

To report a dead bird, please call the WNV and dead bird call center (toll free number: 1-877-968-2473; 1-877-WNV-BIRD) at the Vector-Borne Disease Section, California Department of Public Health (CDPH). Open five days a week during the WNV season (approximately mid-April to mid-October). Hours are 8 am t 4:30 pm, M-F, with Sundays added during peak season. The public can also report dead birds online:

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