Ectoparasites, uropygial glands and hatching success in birds

@article{Mller2009EctoparasitesUG,
  title={Ectoparasites, uropygial glands and hatching success in birds},
  author={Anders Pape M{\o}ller and Johannes Erritz{\o}e and Lajos R{\'o}zsa},
  journal={Oecologia},
  year={2009},
  volume={163},
  pages={303-311}
}
The uropygial gland of birds secretes wax that is applied to the plumage, where the secretions are hypothesized to eliminate fungi and bacteria, thereby potentially providing important benefits in terms of plumage maintenance. We analyzed variation in size of the uropygial gland in 212 species of birds to determine the function and the ecological correlates of variation in gland size. Bird species with larger uropygial glands had more genera of chewing lice of the sub-order Amblycera, but not… Expand

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