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Ecology of parasitism of brown-headed cowbirds by haematozoa

Ecology of parasitism of brown-headed cowbirds by haematozoa

Canadian Journal of Zoology 70.1: 1-7

Haematozoa infections in 964 Brown-headed Cowbirds (Molothrus ater) were sampled over 3 summers in eastern Ontario, Canada. The objective was to use the cowbird-haematozoa system to assess practical and theoretical aspects of testing Hamilton and Zuk's parasite hypothesis of sexual selection. The parasites encountered were Leucocytozoon fringillinarum, Haemoproteus fallisi, H. quiscalus, Plasmodium vaughani, P. polare, P. cathemerium and trypanosomes of the avium complex.

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DOI: 10.1139/z92-001

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