PBDEs, PCBs, and DDE in eggs and their impacts on aplomado falcons (Falco femoralis) from Chihuahua and Veracruz, Mexico. Academic Article uri icon


  • Eggs from aplomado falcons (Falco femoralis septentrionalis) nesting in Chihuahua and Veracruz, Mexico, were analyzed for organochlorine pesticides, PCBs, and PBDEs. p,p'-DDE was the only organochlorine found in all eggs at concentrations ranging from 0.13 to 7.85 g/g wet weight. PCBs ranged from 0.04 to 2.80 g/g wet weight and PBDEs from 62 to 798 ng/g lipid weight. DDE concentrations in eggs were not significantly different among regions; however, PCBs were significantly greater (P = 0.015) in Tinaja Verde, Chihuahua than in the other three regions. Also, PBDEs were significantly higher (P < 0.0001) in eggs from Veracruz than in those from Chihuahua. DDE concentrations in eggs were much lower than those associated with eggshell thinning. PBDEs and PCBs were lower than those reported in raptors from industrialized countries. Overall, contaminant concentrations observed suggest no likely impact on hatching success. The PBDE concentrations are among the first to be reported in raptor species in Mexico.

published proceedings

  • Environ Pollut

author list (cited authors)

  • Mora, M. A., Baxter, C., Sericano, J. L., Montoya, A. B., Gallardo, J. C., & Rodrguez-Salazar, J. R.

citation count

  • 8

complete list of authors

  • Mora, MA||Baxter, C||Sericano, JL||Montoya, AB||Gallardo, JC||Rodríguez-Salazar, JR

publication date

  • January 2011