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Determination and impact of heavy metals in Common Mayna (Acridotheres tristis) of District Faisalabad

Rimsha Naz, Syed Shafat Hussain, Naunain Mehmood, Sajid Abdullah, Sana Malik, Iqra Munawar, Sadaf Dogar

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J. Bio. Env. Sci.14(6), 233-239, June 2019


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Heavy metals present in environment cause serious threats to wildlife and humans. Birds are usually affected by the presence of heavy metals in environment. Faisalabad is an industrial centre, due to large number of industries that are responsible for the presence of heavy metals. In highly contaminated areas, toxicity can be pragmatic at any time. The goals of present study were to determine heavy metals in urban and rural areas of Faisalabad District, to assess heavy metals in different organs of common mayna (Acridotheres tristis) and to evaluate risk potential due to environmental pollution. The concentrations of Zn, Cd, Co, Cu, Pb and Mn were measured by using Atomic Absorption Spectrophotometer. In general Zn was found highest in concentration in feathers of common mayna in urban areas while Cd was found in trace amounts in heart of rural areas. It seems that heavy metals in urban areas are present in high concentrations due to industrial pollution. Zinc was found in 102.00±0.58 comparable to those found in other urban areas. The present study showed that Faisalabad is highly polluted by Zn and its exposure is causing serious adverse effects. Feathers of birds showed that, they can be used as bio-monitoring tools.


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