Lack of Widespread Organochlorine Pesticide Contamination in South American Resident Passerines

Given Harper, A. P. Capparella, J. A. Klemens, J. A. Frick

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Recent studies have documented the existence of organochlorine (OC) pesticides and metabolites— notably p,p'-DDE, dieldrin and heptachlor epoxide—in the nglg range in many species of Neotropical migrant passerines that breed in the Nearctic region and winter in the Neotropics (e.g., Kannan 1991; Harper et al. 1996; Klemens et al. 2000; Bartuszevige et al. 2002). This is despite the banning and/or restricted use of OC pesticides in the United States and Canada in the 1970s and the observed decline in DDT residues in migratory songbirds seen in the 1970s (Johnston 1974). Apparently, these relatively short-lived birds are still being exposed to these compounds.
Original languageAmerican English
JournalBulletin of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology
StatePublished - Apr 2003


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