Influence of ingested lead on body mass of wintering canvasbacks

Journal of Wildlife Management
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We determined the prevalence of lead shotgun pellets in gizzards of canvasbacks (Aythya valisineria) collected at Catahoula Lake and the Mississippi River Delta, Louisiana, during winter 1987-88 to assess the influence of ingested lead shot on canvasback body mass. The prevalence of ingested lead shot was significantly higher at Catahoula Lake (27%) than at the Mississippi River Delta (4%). Canvasbacks collected at Catahoula Lake showed significant differences in prevalence of ingested lead shot by age and month. We attributed age-related and seasonal variations to differences in foraging effort and exposure time. Body mass of canvasbacks at Catahoula Lake, after accounting for age, monthly variation, and body size, was significantly reduced (120 g or 10%) in birds that had lead shot in their gizzards.

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Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Influence of ingested lead on body mass of wintering canvasbacks
Series title Journal of Wildlife Management
DOI 10.2307/3809031
Volume 54
Issue 2
Year Published 1990
Language English
Publisher The Wilderness Society
Contributing office(s) National Wetlands Research Center, Wetland and Aquatic Research Center
Description 5 p.
First page 211
Last page 215
Country United States
State Louisiana
Other Geospatial Catahoula Lake, Mississippi River Delta