Some toxicological data are presented to show that seven species of birds in Australia are highly sensitive to the organophosphorus insecticide, fenthion ethyl (sold under the trade name of Luci-Jet). Data on the sensitivity of birds to fenthion, the methyl analogue of fenthion ethyl, indicate that other species of birds in Australia could be highly sensitive to fenthion ethyl. This is partly confirmed by the variety of species found dead where fenthion ethyl has been deliberately used to kill animals regarded by some landholders as pests even though they may not be legally classed as such. The insecticide is sometimes used to kill feral pigs Sus scrofa. The data obtained indicate that pigs are much more tolerant than the birds tested. Poison 1080 (sodium monofluoroacetate) is probably more effective against pigs and less hazardous to birdlife.
|Author||McIlroy, J. C.|
|Secondary title||Australian Wildlife Research|
|Control method||Poison / Toxin|
|Region||Australia - national|