Tissue lead concentrations and blood characteristics of rock doves from an urban setting in Virginia

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Abstract

Rock doves (Columba livia) live-trapped in Blacksburg, Va. had the following blood characteristics measured: Delta aminolevulinic acid dehydratase (ALAD) activity, packed cell volume (PCV) and hemoglobin (Hb). Lead concentrations were measured in livers and femurs. Concentrations of lead in femurs were indicative of chronic exposure to lead in many individuals. A linear relationship was noted between ALAD activity and liver lead concentrations with ALAD decreasing with increased lead concentrations.