DNA analysis of Bird strike

The Australian Museum's DNA identification service for wildlife strikes.

Birdstrike sample

Andrew King © Australian Museum

Bird strike (or more accurately wildlife strike) costs the aviation industry millions of dollars annually and represents an additional risk for airlines and airports to manage. The Australian Museum DNA lab assists the airline industry by carrying out DNA-based identification of the wildlife involved in these strikes.


You probably don't think of the Australian Museum everytime you fly on an aeroplane!

At the Australian Museum we routinely identify wildlife strike samples for many Australian airports using DNA. This technique of DNA species identification is particularly useful when there are little or no remains from a strike that are able to be identified visually making DNA identification one of the only options.

We find that airports are often very surprised (sometimes pleasantly surprised) by the unexpected species identified by the DNA results. 


Accurate species identification is very important so airports can target their management efforts to focus on known problem or high-risk species.  

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We conduct these analyses on a commercial basis, for additional information please contact us

Dr Rebecca Johnson , Acting Head, Science Services & Infrastructure
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