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Volume and antimicrobial activity of secretions of the uropygial gland are correlated with malaria infection in house sparrows
BackgroundAnimals have developed a wide range of defensive mechanisms against parasites to reduce the likelihood of infection and its negative fitness costs. The uropygial gland is an exocrine glandExpand
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Uropygial gland volume and malaria infection are related to survival in migratory house martins
Pathogens such as bacteria, fungi and malaria and related haemosporidians provoke negative effects on the fitness of their hosts. Animals have developed a range of defensive mechanisms to resist orExpand
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Malaria infection negatively affects feather growth rate in the house sparrow Passer domesticus
3 Department of Anatomy, Cellular Biology and Zoology, University of Extremadura Avda. de Elvas s/n, ES-06006, Spain *These two authors contributed equally to this work Corresponding author: LuzExpand
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Variation in malaria infection and immune defence in invasive and endemic house sparrows
Biological invasions by exotic species impose substantial ecological, economic and social costs worldwide, being a major threat to biodiversity conservation. Because not all individuals introduced inExpand
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Molecular characterization of avian malaria in the spotless starling (Sturnus unicolor)
We studied the prevalence and genetic diversity of malaria parasites in the poorly investigated spotless starling (Sturnus unicolor) breeding in central Spain, aiming to describe the phylogeneticExpand
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Wintering areas predict age‐related breeding phenology in a migratory passerine bird
Understanding connections between breeding, stopover and wintering grounds for long-distance migratory birds can provide important insight into factors influencing demography and the strength ofExpand
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New Approaches for an Old Disease: Studies on Avian Malaria Parasites for the Twenty-First Century Challenges
Emerging infectious diseases (EIDs) impose a burden on economies and public health. Because EIDs on wildlife are mainly affected by environmental and ecological factors, the study of EIDs in wildlifeExpand
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