Factors affecting element concentrations in eggshells of three sympatrically nesting waterbirds in northern Poland

Ignacy Kitowski , Dariusz Jakubas , Piotr Indykiewicz , Dariusz Wiącek


Avian eggshells are convenient samples in biomonitoring studies, because they are easily accessible, especially from colo-nially or semicolonially breeding birds. In the present study, concentrations of 17 elements, including heavy metals and essential elements in post-hatch eggshells, were compared among three species of waterbirds of differing strategies for gaining reserves for egg production and diet: mallard, Anas platyrhynchos (ML, a capital breeder, mainly herbivorous), com-mon tern, Sterna hirundo (CT, an income breeder, piscivorous) and black-headed gull, Chroicocephalus ridibundus (BHG, mixed strategy, omnivorous) and breeding sympatrically in three sites in North Poland. Analyses revealed that Fe, Zn, and Cu levels differed the most in the studied species, which may be explained by various contributions of fish, aquatic plants, and soil invertebrates in their diets. Generally, the studied species’ eggshells accumulated amounts of elements comparable to those reported for other waterbirds without putting the growth and development of the embryo at risk. The only exception was very high levels of Cr in ML and CT, which may be explained by their foraging on aquatic organisms in waterbodies polluted by this element. Intersite differences in eggshell concentrations of Ni, Sr, Hg and Cr in CT (an income breeder) may be explained by the influence of local pollution sources (small factories, polluted river).
Author Ignacy Kitowski
Ignacy Kitowski,,
, Dariusz Jakubas (FB / DVEZ)
Dariusz Jakubas,,
- Department of Vertebrate Ecology and Zoology
, Piotr Indykiewicz
Piotr Indykiewicz,,
, Dariusz Wiącek
Dariusz Wiącek,,
Journal seriesArchives of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology, ISSN 0090-4341, (A 25 pkt)
Issue year2018
Publication size in sheets0.55
ASJC Classification2307 Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis; 2310 Pollution; 3005 Toxicology; 2700 General Medicine
URL https://link.springer.com/content/pdf/10.1007%2Fs00244-017-0481-y.pdf
Languageen angielski
LicenseOther; author's final; Uznanie Autorstwa (CC-BY); with publication
Score (nominal)25
ScoreMinisterial score = 25.0, 30-09-2019, ArticleFromJournal
Publication indicators Scopus SNIP (Source Normalised Impact per Paper): 2016 = 0.95; WoS Impact Factor: 2017 = 2.421 (2) - 2017=2.314 (5)
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