Dust-ruffling: A simple method for quantifying ectoparasite loads of live birds

B. A. Walther, D. H. Clayton

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摘要

We present a simple, accurate method for quantifying the ectoparasite loads of live birds in the field. Birds were dusted with pyrethrin to irritate their ectoparasites, which were then dislodged from the plumage by ruffling the feathers over a collecting surface for repeated timed bouts until the point of diminishing returns was reached. This method required less equipment and was more accurate and efficient than previously described methods, as we show by comparing our method to other popular approaches. Dust-ruffling is best suited for sampling "permanent" ectoparasites, such as chewing lice (Insecta: Phthiraptera), which pass their entire life cycle on the body of the host.

原文英語
頁(從 - 到)509-518
頁數10
期刊Journal of Field Ornithology
68
發行號4
出版狀態已發佈 - 九月 1997
對外發佈Yes

指紋

ectoparasite
ectoparasites
dust
bird
birds
Mallophaga
Psocodea
louse
plumage
feather
pyrethrins
Insecta
methodology
feathers
life cycle (organisms)
life cycle
method
sampling

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Animal Science and Zoology

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Dust-ruffling : A simple method for quantifying ectoparasite loads of live birds. / Walther, B. A.; Clayton, D. H.

於: Journal of Field Ornithology, 卷 68, 編號 4, 09.1997, p. 509-518.

研究成果: 雜誌貢獻文章

Walther, B. A. ; Clayton, D. H. / Dust-ruffling : A simple method for quantifying ectoparasite loads of live birds. 於: Journal of Field Ornithology. 1997 ; 卷 68, 編號 4. 頁 509-518.
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