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Focus on Florida : Ectoparasite content of swallow-tailed kite (Elanoides forficatus) nests
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Title: Focus on Florida : Ectoparasite content of swallow-tailed kite (Elanoides forficatus) nests
Physical Description: Serial
Language: English
Creator: Andrews, John
Meyer, Kenneth D.
Zimmerman, Gina
Publisher: University of Florida
Place of Publication: Gainesville, Fla.
Publication Date: 2011
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Abstract: The objectives of this study were to 1) identify common commensal organisms in six nests of Swallow-tailed Kites (Elanoides forficatus), 2) extract and quantify ectoparasites, and 3) determine if unsuccessful nests contained greater numbers of ectoparasites than successful nests. Nest materials were processed in Berlese funnels, then sorted and examined further by hand. The resulting data were analyzed using SAS statistical software. Among the parasitic species (i.e., not including Soldier fly pupae, Stratiomyidae), significantly greater numbers were found in nests that failed than in those that fledged young. Ectoparasites have been shown to affect various aspects of reproduction for many bird species, yet little research has been done on nest parasites in raptors or their effects on breeding. Highly infested nests are probably avoided by breeding adult Kites all together.
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Source Institution: University of Florida
Holding Location: University of Florida
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System ID: UF00091523:00547

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