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Nationwide residues of mercury, lead, cadmium, arsenic, and selenium in starlings, 1973

Pesticides Monitoring Journal

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Abstract

Starlings (Sturnus vulgaris) collected in 1973 at 51 sites throughout the continental United States were analyzed for mercury, lead, cadmium, arsenic, and selenium. All samples contained detectable levels of these elements. In general, residues were low: mercury residues ranged from <0.01 to 0.20 ppm: lead, from <0.10 10 3.20 ppm: cadmium, from <0.05 to 0.20 ppm: arsenic, from <0.05 to 1.40 ppm: and selenium, from 0.10 to 1.10 ppm. There was a significant overall decline in mercury and lead residues in starlings since 1971, and a significant increase in arsenic residues. Lead residues were significantly higher in starlings from urban areas than from rural areas.

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Publication type:
Article
Publication Subtype:
Journal Article
Title:
Nationwide residues of mercury, lead, cadmium, arsenic, and selenium in starlings, 1973
Series title:
Pesticides Monitoring Journal
Volume
11
Issue:
1
Year Published:
1977
Language:
English
Contributing office(s):
Patuxent Wildlife Research Center
Description:
35-39
Larger Work Type:
Article
Larger Work Subtype:
Journal Article
Larger Work Title:
Pesticides Monitoring Journal
First page:
35
Last page:
39
Number of Pages:
5