Comparison of heavy metal accumulation in body organs of house sparrow (Passer domesticus) from urban and rural areas of Faisalabad, Pakistan

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Comparison of heavy metal accumulation in body organs of house sparrow (Passer domesticus) from urban and rural areas of Faisalabad, Pakistan

Umar Nisar, Shahid Hafeez, Khayyam Anjum, Junaid Naseer, Alia Mushtaq
J. Bio. Env. Sci.15( 5), 125-129, November 2019.
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The present study was carried out in 2017-18 to assess the levels of various heavy metals in different body organs of house sparrow (passer domesticus). Twenty house-sparrows, ten from rural and ten from urban areas of Faisalabad, were shooted. All the specimens were washed with distilled water. Dissection was carried out and feathers, bones, heart lungs, and muscles were separated. All organs were dried at 100 centigrade in oven. The samples were grinded and 0.5g of each sample was digested in 4ml concentrated nitric acid. Next day 2ml hydrogen peroxide was added to each sample and samples were heated on a hot plate up to 130 centigrade. 50ml distilled water was added to each sample and preserved in refrigerator. Spectrophotometer was used for determining concentrations of various heavy metals viz. Cd, Co, Cu, Mn, Pb and Zn. The heavy metal found in maximum concentration in rural and urban sparrows was Pb. It was 107.83 and 116mgkg-1 in rural and urban sparrows respectively. The metal found in minimum concentration was Co. It was 0.52mgkg-1 in rural sparrows and 0.42mgkg-1 in urban sparrows respectively.


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