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Great tit, photo: © Francis C. Franklin / CC-BY-SA-3.0 Czech scientists have captured around sixty great tits all around the country to measure the level of heavy metals in their bodies and their impact on the birds’ health. At the same time, they used the birds to map the extent of heavy metal contamination in various regions around the country. The results of the study were published in a prestigious international magazine called Science of the Total Environment.
I met with one of the authors, zoologist Michal Vinkler, to find out more about the study:
“The main goal of the study was to find association between the contamination with heavy metals in the free-living birds, in our case the great tits, and the state of their health. In other words, the traits in the birds that indicate their condition and health.”
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