Seasonal modulation of sickness behavior in free-living northwestern song sparrows (Melospiza melodia morphna).

@article{OwenAshley2006SeasonalMO,
  title={Seasonal modulation of sickness behavior in free-living northwestern song sparrows (Melospiza melodia morphna).},
  author={Noah T. Owen-Ashley and John C Wingfield},
  journal={The Journal of experimental biology},
  year={2006},
  volume={209 Pt 16},
  pages={3062-70}
}
A variety of vertebrate species modulate immune function on a seasonal basis to cope with seasonal energy deficits and competing life-history demands, such as reproduction. Most studies to date have focused upon seasonal variation of cellular and humoral immunity, while neglecting behavioral responses to infection. These behavioral strategies are collectively termed sickness behaviors and are hypothesized to divert energy away from normal activities to combat and overcome infection. Sickness… CONTINUE READING

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