Archives of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology

, Volume 11, Issue 3, pp 265–268

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

  • Ronald J. Kendall
  • Patrick F. Scanlon

DOI: 10.1007/BF01055201

Cite this article as:
Kendall, R.J. & Scanlon, P.F. Arch. Environ. Contam. Toxicol. (1982) 11: 265. doi:10.1007/BF01055201


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.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ronald J. Kendall
    • 1
  • Patrick F. Scanlon
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Fisheries and Wildlife SciencesVirginia Polytechnic Institute and State UniversityBlacksburg
  2. 2.Huxley College of Environmental StudiesWestern Washington UniversityBellingham