Response of adult mallard ducks to ingested South Louisiana crude oil

Environmental Research
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Adult mallards (Anas platyrhynchos) were fed South Louisiana crude oil as 0.25 and 2.5% of the total diet for 26 weeks to assess the chronic effects of oil ingestion. Additional birds were fed diets containing either 1.0% of a paraffin mixture or clean feed. No birds died during the study, nor were their body weights significantly depressed. Oviduct weight at necropsy was greatly reduced in hens on the 2.5% oil diet and also was significantly reduced in hens on the 0.25% oil diet when compared with controls. Male reproductive organs were not atrophied by treatment. Hens on oil-treated diets laid fewer eggs than those on the control diet; however, eggs from treated hens hatched as well as those from controls when artificially incubated. Pathological or biochemical alterations were no greater in the treated birds than in controls.

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Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Response of adult mallard ducks to ingested South Louisiana crude oil
Series title Environmental Research
Volume 24
Issue 2
Year Published 1981
Language English
Contributing office(s) Patuxent Wildlife Research Center
Description 309-314
Larger Work Type Article
Larger Work Subtype Journal Article
Larger Work Title Environmental Research
First page 309
Last page 314
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