DUST-RUFFLING : A SIMPLE METHOD FOR QUANTIFYING ECTOPARASITE LOADS OF LIVE BIRDS

@inproceedings{Walther2004DUSTRUFFLINGA,
  title={DUST-RUFFLING : A SIMPLE METHOD FOR QUANTIFYING ECTOPARASITE LOADS OF LIVE BIRDS},
  author={Bruno Andreas Walther and D. HenryPechsteinM. and CLAYFON},
  year={2004}
}
--We present a simple, accurate method for quantifying the ectoparasite loads of live birds in the field. Birds were dusted with pyrethrin to irritate their ectoparasites, which were then dislodged from the plumage by ruffling the feathers over a collecting surface for repeated timed bouts until the point of diminishing returns was reached. This method required less equipment and was more accurate and efficient than previously described methods, as we show by comparing our method to other… CONTINUE READING
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