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Lead Concentrations of White-winged Doves, Zenaida asiatica L., Collected in the Lower Rio Grande Valley of Texas, USA


White-winged dove (Zenaida asiatica L.) exposure to environmentally accessible lead is a management concern. Detectable concentrations of lead were found in 142 (66%) of 214 white-winged doves collected in 2002 and 2003 at two wildlife management units in South Texas. Mean ± SD lead concentration was 0.70 ± 1.10 μg/g dry weight and ranged from ND to 11.01 μg/g dw. Lead concentrations were significantly lower in the 2002 samples, but similar between management units, age, and gender. White-winged doves in South Texas are being exposed to lead in the environment with some reaching subclinical to toxic levels.

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Funding was provided by Texas Parks and Wildlife Department with proceeds from the white-winged dove hunting stamp and the Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute. Jaclyn Canas, Ed Scollon, George Cobb, and Gopal Coimbatore provided assistance with analytical method development and lead analysis. Authors wish to thank the numerous hunters who participated in field collections. This is manuscript No. 10-124 of the Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute.

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Fedynich, A.M., Fredricks, T.B. & Benn, S. Lead Concentrations of White-winged Doves, Zenaida asiatica L., Collected in the Lower Rio Grande Valley of Texas, USA. Bull Environ Contam Toxicol 85, 344–347 (2010).

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  • Contaminant
  • Lead
  • White-winged dove
  • Zenaida asiatica