Alternative reproductive strategies in white-throated sparrows are associated with differences in parasite load following experimental infection.

@article{Boyd2018AlternativeRS,
  title={Alternative reproductive strategies in white-throated sparrows are associated with differences in parasite load following experimental infection.},
  author={Rodger J. Boyd and Tosha Ruth Kelly and Scott A. MacDougall-Shackleton and Elizabeth A MacDougall-Shackleton},
  journal={Biology letters},
  year={2018},
  volume={14 7}
}
Immune defences often trade off with other life-history components. Within species, optimal allocation to immunity may differ between the sexes or between alternative life-history strategies. White-throated sparrows (Zonotrichia albicollis) are unusual in having two discrete plumage morphs, white-striped and tan-striped. Within each sex, white-striped… CONTINUE READING