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- Møller, A. P., et al. Show all 3 Authors
- Journal of avian biology 2018 v.49 no.7 pp. e01665
- Bacillus licheniformis; Hirundo rustica; Mucor circinelloides; Trichoderma reesei; adults; bacteria; birds; breeding sites; feathers; fledglings; fungi; life history; nests; oviposition; winter
- ... Migration between breeding sites and winter quarters constitute a major life history strategy in birds. The benefits of such migrations must at least equal the costs for such behavior to evolve and be maintained. We tested whether there was a relationship between abundance and diversity of microorganisms on nest lining feathers and timing of arrival by barn swallows Hirundo rustica. Nest lining fe ...
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- Journal of avian biology 2017 v.48 no.11 pp. 1355-1359
- bacteria; breeding season; fungi; hosts; life history; malaria; migratory behavior; pathogens; plumage; probability; secretion; uropygial gland; wild birds
- ... Pathogens such as bacteria, fungi and malaria and related haemosporidians provoke negative effects on the fitness of their hosts. Animals have developed a range of defensive mechanisms to resist or eliminate these parasitic infections and their negative fitness costs. The uropygial gland secretion has been proposed to act as defensive barrier of skin and plumage in the fight against bacteria and f ...