Environmentally acquired lead in the laughing gull

Laughing Gull (Leucophaeus atricilla) Science Article 2


Lead concentrations were measured in eggs, prefledglings and adult laughinggulls collected near Galveston, Texas. No lead was found in eggs. Prefledglingand adult birds had lead ranging from zero to 16 itg/g wet tissue. Liver had thegreatest lead concentrations followed by brain, heart and skeletal muscle. Therewere no significant differences in lead concentrations between fledglings and adultsor between males and females.

RAUL V. MUNOZ, Journal of Wildlife Diseases Vol. 12, April, 1976

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