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The use of kestrels in toxicology

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Abstract

Various species of kestrels have become important bioindicators of environmental quality and test species for comparative toxicology in captivity. At least 7 species of kestrels have been used to document the presence of environmental contamination primarily organochlorines and metals, in at least 15 countries. Captive kestrels have been used in studies involving a wide variety of environmental contaminants and toxicants examining: bioaccumulation; lethal toxicity using acute, chronic, and secondary exposures; effects on reproduction, eggshell thickness, and related enzyme systems; and effects on a wide variety of physiological and biochemical parameters. Field studies have examined the response of kestrels to exposure to insecticides. Kestrels should continue to play a vital role as a bioindicator and raptorial 'white mouse', especially because of their relationship to other falconiformes, several of which have been shown to be extremely sensitive to environmental changes.

Additional Publication Details

Publication type:
Book chapter
Publication Subtype:
Book Chapter
Title:
The use of kestrels in toxicology
Year Published:
1987
Language:
English
Publisher:
Raptor Research Foundation, Inc. and MacDonald Raptor Research Centre of McGill University
Publisher location:
Ste. Anne de Bellevue, Quebec, Canada
Contributing office(s):
Patuxent Wildlife Research Center
Description:
vii, 178
Larger Work Type:
Book
Larger Work Subtype:
Other Government Series
Larger Work Title:
The Ancestral Kestrel: Proceedings of a Symposium on Kestrel Species, St. Louis, Missouri, December 1st, 1983
First page:
165
Last page:
178