Low intensity blood parasite infections do not reduce the aerobic performance of migratory birds

@inproceedings{Hahn2018LowIB,
  title={Low intensity blood parasite infections do not reduce the aerobic performance of migratory birds},
  author={Steffen Hahn and Silke Bauer and Dimitar Dimitrov and Tamara Emmenegger and Karīna Ivanova and Pavel Zehtindjiev and William A Buttemer},
  booktitle={Proceedings. Biological sciences},
  year={2018}
}
Blood parasites (Haemosporidia) are thought to impair the flight performance of infected animals, and therefore, infected birds are expected to differ from their non-infected counterparts in migratory capacity. Since haemosporidians invade host erythrocytes, it is commonly assumed that infected individuals will have compromised aerobic capacity, but this has not been examined in free-living birds. We tested if haemosporidian infections affect aerobic performance by examining metabolic rates and… CONTINUE READING
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