The Most Polluted Bird in the World….is a raptor

Scientists in Canada found a Cooper’s Hawk with stunningly high levels of a flame retardant. A Cooper’s Hawk found dead near Vancouver, Canada, has the unfortunate distinction of being the most polluted wild animal on record, thanks to a diet rich in landfill birds, scientists announced last week. One of the male Cooper’s Hawks that the researchers found was in particularly bad shape, with PBDE levels of 196 parts per million. It far surpassed the previous titleholder for most-polluted bird: a Peregrine Falcon from California with PBDE levels of 94 parts per million [from a study published in the journal, Science of the Total Environment.]