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Residues of organochlorine pesticides, mercury, and PCB's in mourning doves from eastern United States--1970-71

Pesticides Monitoring Journal

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Mourning dove (Zenaidura macroura) breast muscle samples from birds collected in 1970-71 from Rhode Island, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Missouri, Kentucky, Virginia, Arkansas, Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, and Florida were found to contain residues of DDT, DDE, DDD, polychlorinated biphenyls, dieldrin, mirex, mercury, and heptachlor epoxide in amounts not considered hazardous to consumers, human or nonhuman. There were 145 birds involved, 7 to 10 from each State. Residues of DDT plus DDE plus DDD averaged 5.83 ppm lipid weight (0.068 ppm wet weight); those of PCB's, 9.75 ppm lipid weight (0.121 ppm wet weight); compounds were found in all birds. Heptachlor epoxide and dieldrin were found in little more than trace amounts: heptachlor in all birds, dieldrin in 73. Mirex was found only in birds from South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida, averaging 4.32 ppm lipid weight (0.046 ppm wet weight) in eight birds. Less than 0.05 ppm (wet weight) mercury was found in all birds except 10, in which it ranged from 0.07 to 0.67 ppm. The 10 were from Rhode Island, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, Tennessee, and Alabama.

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Publication type:
Article
Publication Subtype:
Journal Article
Title:
Residues of organochlorine pesticides, mercury, and PCB's in mourning doves from eastern United States--1970-71
Series title:
Pesticides Monitoring Journal
Volume
7
Issue:
3/4
Year Published:
1974
Language:
English
Contributing office(s):
Patuxent Wildlife Research Center
Description:
195-199
Larger Work Type:
Article
Larger Work Subtype:
Journal Article
Larger Work Title:
Pesticides Monitoring Journal
First page:
195
Last page:
199