Did organochlorine pesticide use cause declines in Mauritian forest birds?

Safford, R.J. and Jones, Carl G. (1997) Did organochlorine pesticide use cause declines in Mauritian forest birds? Biodiversity and Conservation, 6 (10). pp. 1445-1451. ISSN 0960-3115. (The full text of this publication is not available from this repository)

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Abstract

We examine the hypothesis that organochlorine pesticide use in the 1950s and 1960s caused population declines and local extinctions in two endemic Mauritian birds, the Mauritius kestrel, Falco punctatus, and Mauritius cuckoo-shrike, Coracina typica. This hypothesis was suggested in the 1980s but is dismissed by authorities in Mauritius. The declines and subsequent increases in the populations and range areas of both species, the timing and location of the use of organochlorines for malaria control and in food crop production, the diets of the species, and the known mechanisms for transfer of organochlorine residues into organisms are all consistent with the hypothesis. No alternative explanation can at present account for these population changes. Organochlorine pesticide use cannot therefore be rejected as a reason for the declines and local extinctions of the kestrel and cuckoo-shrike.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > G Geography (General)
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Anthropology and Conservation > DICE (Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology)
Depositing User: T.J. Sango
Date Deposited: 18 May 2009 07:49
Last Modified: 01 May 2014 14:15
Resource URI: http://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/17929 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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