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Behavior of mallard ducklings from parents fed 3 ppm DDE

Bulletin of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology

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Mallard ducks fed a diet containing 3 ppm DDE (equal to about 0.6 ppm in a natural succulent diet) laid eggs that contained an average of 5.8 ppm DDE; ducklings that hatched from these eggs differed from controls in behavioral tests designed to measure responses to a maternal call and to a frightening stimulus. In response to the maternal call, ducklings from parents fed DDE were hyper-responsive; compared to controls, a greater percentage approached the call and a greater percentage of those that approached remained near the call for the remainder of the test. In a test of avoidance behavior, ducklings whose parents were fed DDE traveled shorter distances from the firghtening stimulus than did controls.

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Publication type:
Article
Publication Subtype:
Journal Article
Title:
Behavior of mallard ducklings from parents fed 3 ppm DDE
Series title:
Bulletin of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology
Volume
16
Issue:
6
Year Published:
1976
Language:
English
Contributing office(s):
Patuxent Wildlife Research Center
Description:
640-645
Larger Work Type:
Article
Larger Work Subtype:
Journal Article
Larger Work Title:
Bulletin of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology
First page:
640
Last page:
645