Host (Avian) Biting Preference of Southern California Culex Mosquitoes (Diptera: Culicidae)

@inproceedings{Lura2012HostB,
  title={Host (Avian) Biting Preference of Southern California Culex Mosquitoes (Diptera: Culicidae)},
  author={Taylor Lura and Robert F. Cummings and Robert K. Velten and Karin De Collibus and Timothy W. Morgan and Kiet Nguyen and Alec C. Gerry},
  booktitle={Journal of medical entomology},
  year={2012}
}
ABSTRACT The host preference of a vector mosquito species plays a significant role in determining human and animal risk of infection with mosquito-transmitted pathogens. Host preferences of common southern California Culex species for four bird species, American crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos), house sparrow (Passer domesticus), house finch (Carpodacus mexicanus), and mourning dove (Zenaida macroura), were examined by determining the proportion of each mosquito species that successfully engorged… 
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