Interspecific parasite exchange in a mixed colony of birds.

@article{Valera2003InterspecificPE,
  title={Interspecific parasite exchange in a mixed colony of birds.},
  author={Francisco Valera and Alejandro Casas-Crivill{\'e} and Herbert Hoi},
  journal={The Journal of parasitology},
  year={2003},
  volume={89 2},
  pages={245-50}
}
Studies of avian host-parasite interactions rarely include consequences of relationships among hosts for either the host or parasite species. In this study, we examine the ectoparasitic burden of adult and nestling European bee-eaters (Merops apiaster) and rock sparrows (Petronia petronia) in a mixed colony. We found that (1) each bird species had its own species of lice; (2) hematophagous mites parasitized both adults and nestlings of both bird species; (3) Carnus hemapterus, a common parasite… CONTINUE READING

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