In the present study excreta and feathers of five species of adult passerine birds from Montepulciano wetland (Siena, Italy) were assayed for trace elements between January and August 2006. Lead concentrations varied from 16.31 to 26.50 mg/kg and were found strictly related to the age of feathers. Copper levels were found to be high mainly in insectivorous birds (9.68 mg/kg) and were probably influenced by local use of copper-based agricultural fungicides. Mercury accumulation in feathers varied between species from 0.08 to 0.73 mg/kg. The role of feeding habits on trace elements levels in feathers and excreta is discussed. © 2009 Springer Science+Business Media, LLC.

Leonzio, C., Bianchi, N., Gustin, M., Sorace, A., & Ancora, S. (2009). Mercury, Lead and Copper in Feathers and Excreta of Small Passerine Species in Relation to Foraging Guilds and Age of Feathers. BULLETIN OF ENVIRONMENTAL CONTAMINATION AND TOXICOLOGY, 83(5), 693-697 [10.1007/s00128-009-9789-2].

Mercury, Lead and Copper in Feathers and Excreta of Small Passerine Species in Relation to Foraging Guilds and Age of Feathers

LEONZIO, C.;BIANCHI, N.;ANCORA, S.
2009

Abstract

In the present study excreta and feathers of five species of adult passerine birds from Montepulciano wetland (Siena, Italy) were assayed for trace elements between January and August 2006. Lead concentrations varied from 16.31 to 26.50 mg/kg and were found strictly related to the age of feathers. Copper levels were found to be high mainly in insectivorous birds (9.68 mg/kg) and were probably influenced by local use of copper-based agricultural fungicides. Mercury accumulation in feathers varied between species from 0.08 to 0.73 mg/kg. The role of feeding habits on trace elements levels in feathers and excreta is discussed. © 2009 Springer Science+Business Media, LLC.
Leonzio, C., Bianchi, N., Gustin, M., Sorace, A., & Ancora, S. (2009). Mercury, Lead and Copper in Feathers and Excreta of Small Passerine Species in Relation to Foraging Guilds and Age of Feathers. BULLETIN OF ENVIRONMENTAL CONTAMINATION AND TOXICOLOGY, 83(5), 693-697 [10.1007/s00128-009-9789-2].
File in questo prodotto:
File Dimensione Formato  
uccelli moltepulciano Bull Environ Contam Toxicol.pdf

non disponibili

Tipologia: Post-print
Licenza: NON PUBBLICO - Accesso privato/ristretto
Dimensione 265.62 kB
Formato Adobe PDF
265.62 kB Adobe PDF   Visualizza/Apri   Richiedi una copia

I documenti in IRIS sono protetti da copyright e tutti i diritti sono riservati, salvo diversa indicazione.

Utilizza questo identificativo per citare o creare un link a questo documento: http://hdl.handle.net/11365/9424
 Attenzione

Attenzione! I dati visualizzati non sono stati sottoposti a validazione da parte dell'ateneo