Ectoparasitism and the role of green nesting material in the European starling

@article{Fauth1991EctoparasitismAT,
  title={Ectoparasitism and the role of green nesting material in the European starling},
  author={Peter T. Fauth and David G. Krementz and James Hines},
  journal={Oecologia},
  year={1991},
  volume={88},
  pages={22-29}
}
The use of green nesting material is widespred among birds. Recent evidence suggests that birds use secondary chemicals contained in green plants to control ectoparasites. We manipulated green nesting material and ectoparasites of European starlings (Sturnus vulgaris) to test two hypotheses: (1) ectoparasites adversely affect prefledging survival and morphometrics or postfledging survival, and (2) green nesting material ameliorates the effects of ectoparasites. We recorded fat score, numbers of… CONTINUE READING