Vertical transmission of feather lice between adult blackbirds Turdus merula and their nestlings: a lousy perspective.

@article{Brooke2010VerticalTO,
  title={Vertical transmission of feather lice between adult blackbirds Turdus merula and their nestlings: a lousy perspective.},
  author={Michael de L. Brooke},
  journal={The Journal of parasitology},
  year={2010},
  volume={96 6},
  pages={1076-80}
}
There is limited information about the natural history of the transmission of feather lice (Phthiraptera) from parent birds to their young. This article therefore examines the transmission of 4 species of feather lice from parent blackbirds to their nestlings in an English population, and addresses questions formulated from the perspective of the lice. The lice that disperse onto the several young in the nest were mostly found on the larger chicks, those with higher survival prospects. The lice… CONTINUE READING