Birds are hosts to many parasites, internal and external. The parasites inevitably form a burden to the host bird and therefore may affect its ability to grow, survive and reproduce as well as its behavior and the abundance and distribution of the whole species. As a consequence, bird-parasite systems have attracted attention from diverse fields. This book draws together a comprehensive range of experts in the field to provide an invaluable reference of current work in bird-parasite interactions. The book addresses the contemporary context of research in bird-parasite systems, and case studies which combine theoretical concepts with evidence from the literature and experimental data. Equal attention is given to ecology, behavioral response to parasitism, and sexual selection. This work will be of interest to biologists, evolutionary biologists, wildlife ecologists, and ornithologists and other professionals in related fields.
'The editors of this book have drawn together a comprehensive range of experts in the field to provide an invaluable reference of current work in bird-parasite interactions.'
Ethology Ecology & Evolution No. 4, Vol, 3 1991
'the editors have created something of a benchmark'
Andrew F. Read, University of Oxford, TREE, vol.6, no.12, December 1991
'This is an important book for ornithologists but also for parasitologists and those who are interested in ecology and (co)evolution.'
Rob de Boer, Dutch Birding, Volume 13, No.6, 1991
'I would strongly recommend this volume to biologists in general and to ornithologists in particular. It contains a great deal of interesting information' Recent Ornithological Publications
Lists of associate editors and contributors; Part 1. Introduction: Catherine A. Toft: Current theory of host-parasite interactions; Part II. Ecology: Carter T. Atkinson & Charles van Riper: Pathogenocity and epizootiology of avian haematozoa: plasmodium, leucocytozoan, and haemoproteus; Peter J. Hudson & Andrew P. Dobson: The direct and indirect effects of the caecal nematode, trichostrongylus tenuis, on red grouse; Brian R. Chapman &
John E. George: The effects of ectoparasites on cliff swallow growth and survival; Carlos A. Delannoy & Alexander Cruz: Philornid parasitism and nestling survival of the Puerto-Rican sharp-shinned hawk; Edward H. Burtt & G.A. Babbitt: Occurrence and demography of mites of tree swallow, house wren, and eastern bluebird nests;
Catherine Rogers, Raleigh J. Robertson, & Bridget J. Stutchbury: Patterns and effects of parasitism by protocalliphora on tree swallow nestlings; Charles van Riper, III: Parasite communities in wet and dry forest subpopulations of the Hawaii common amakihi; Melinda Pruett-Jones & Stephen Pruett-Jones: Analysis and ecological correlates of tick burdens in a New Guinea avifauna; Part III. Behaviour: Thomas W. Scott & John D. Edman: Effects of avian host age and arbovirus
infection on mosquito attraction and blood-feeding success; Larry Clark: The nest protection hypothesis: the adaptive use of plant secondary components by European starlings; Jenella E. Loye & Scott P. Carroll: Nest ectoparasite abundance and cliff swallow colony site selection, nestling development, and departure time;
David C. Duffy: Ants, ticks, and nesting seabirds: dynamic interaction; Dale H. Clayton: Coevolution of avian grooming and ectoparasite avoidance; Michelle D. Saumier, Manfred E. Rau, & David M. Bird: Behavioural changes in breeding American kestrels infected with trichinella pseudospiralis; Marlene Zuk: Parasites and bright birds: new data and a new prediction; Anders Pape Møller: Parasites, sexual ornaments, and mate choice in the barn swallow; C.E. Kirkpatrick, S.K. Robinson,
& U.D. Kitron: Phenotypic correlates of blood parasitism in the common grackle; Nancy Burley, Sonia C. Tidemann, & Karl Halupka: Bill colour and parasite levels in zebra finches; Linda L. Johnson & Mark S. Boyce: Female choice of males with low parasite loads in sage grouse; Margo F. Spurrier, Mark S. Boyce, &
Bryan F.J. Manley: Effects of parasites on mate choice by captive sage grouse.
Series: Oxford Ornithology Series
Number Of Pages: 424
Published: 13th June 1991
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24
Weight (kg): 0.87