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The urban pigeon ( Columba livia, Forma urbana ) — A biomonitor for the lead burden of the environment

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  • Gustav A. Drasch 1
  • Dagmar Walser 2
  • Josef Kösters 2
  • 1) Institut für Rechtsmedizin der Ludwig-Maximilians, Universität München, Frauenlobstr. 7a, D-8000, München 2, Germany
  • 2) Institut für Geflügelkrankheiten der Ludwig, Maximilians-Universität München, Mittenheimer Str. 54, D-8042, Oberschleißheim, Germany

The concentrations of lead in the femura (Pb-F) and the 5-aminolaevulinic-acid-dehydratase in blood (ALA-D) have been determined in three pigeon populations (50 birds each), caught at urban sites with different traffic densities. The following mean concentrations were found (Pb-F [mg/kg wet wt.]/ALA-D [U/I]): 10.7/18.8 in the low burdened group, 27.9/10.8 in the moderate burdened group, and 49.5/5.6 in the high burdened group. These values were compared with a controlled group of 50 farm pigeons from two remote pigeonries, sited well away from motorways (Pb-F: 1.0/ALA-D: 35.6). The result was a strong positive correlation of the Pb-F and an inverse correlation of the ALA-D to the number of cars per day at the different sites. These local effects contributed much more to the differences of the Pb-F and ALA-D (in comparison with the rural pigeons) than the over-all elevated lead background level in the city. It has been concluded that the pigeon is an almost ideal animal for monitoring a narrow range of environmental lead burden. The main reason for this is that this species is exceptionally stationary; the usual ranges of the feeding, nesting, and sleeping sites of the pigeon are not greater than several hundred meters.

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  • 1 - natural sciences
  • 2 - earth & environmental sciences
  • 3 - environmental sciences
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  • 1 - sciences appliquees, technologies et medecines
  • 2 - sciences biologiques et medicales
  • 3 - sciences medicales
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  • 1 - Physical Sciences ; 2 - Environmental Science ; 3 - Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law
  • 1 - Physical Sciences ; 2 - Environmental Science ; 3 - Pollution
  • 1 - Physical Sciences ; 2 - Environmental Science ; 3 - General Environmental Science
  • 1 - Health Sciences ; 2 - Medicine ; 3 - General Medicine
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  • 1 - science ; 2 - environmental sciences
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Environmental Monitoring and Assessment

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