Avian blood parasite infection during the non-breeding season: an overlooked issue in declining populations?

@inproceedings{Dunn2013AvianBP,
  title={Avian blood parasite infection during the non-breeding season: an overlooked issue in declining populations?},
  author={Jenny C Dunn and S J Goodman and Tim G Benton and Keith C Hamer},
  booktitle={BMC Ecology},
  year={2013}
}
Pathogens and parasites can have major impacts on host population dynamics, both through direct mortality and via indirect effects. Both types of effect may be stronger in species whose populations are already under pressure. We investigated the potential for blood parasites to impact upon their hosts at the immunological, physiological and population level during the non-breeding season using a declining population of yellowhammers Emberiza citrinella as a model. Yellowhammers infected by… CONTINUE READING