Incidence of ingested lead shot in sora rails

Journal of Wildlife Management
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Gizzards of 934 sora rails (Porzana carolina) collected in Maryland (767) and Missouri (167) were examined for ingested shot. Ingested shot were found in 12.3 percent of the Maryland sample and 1.8 percent of the Missouri birds. Individual Maryland birds had ingested up to 28 pellets. None of the lead pellets examined was larger than a No. 7 1/2 shot. Maryland ingestion rates did not differ by age or sex, but significant differences between collection areas, groups of years, and collection periods within years were indicated. This exploratory work points out a potential lead poisoning problem among sora rails.

Additional publication details

Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Incidence of ingested lead shot in sora rails
Series title Journal of Wildlife Management
Volume 39
Issue 3
Year Published 1975
Language English
Contributing office(s) Patuxent Wildlife Research Center
Description 514-519
Larger Work Type Article
Larger Work Subtype Journal Article
Larger Work Title Journal of Wildlife Management
First page 514
Last page 519