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The Feather Holes on the Barn Swallow Hirundo rustics and Other Small Passerines are

@inproceedings{Vas2008TheFH,
  title={The Feather Holes on the Barn Swallow Hirundo rustics and Other Small Passerines are},
  author={Zolt{\'a}n Vas and T. Csorgo and A. M{\o}ller and P. P{\'e}ter},
  year={2008}
}
Barn swallows Hirundo rustica often have characteristic feather holes on wing and tail feathers. During the past 15 yr, several influential papers have been based on the assumption that these holes were chewed by the louse Machaerilaemus malleus. We gathered feath- er-hole data from barn swallows and other passerines at 2 sites in Hun- gary and correlated the presence of holes with louse infestations and, more specifically, with the occurrence of M. malleus versus other spe- cies of avian lice… Expand

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