ABSENCE OF HEMATOZOA IN A BREEDING POPULA TION OF KENTISH PLOVER CHARADRIUS-ALEXANDRINUS IN NORTHEAST SPAIN

Citation
J. Figuerola et al., ABSENCE OF HEMATOZOA IN A BREEDING POPULA TION OF KENTISH PLOVER CHARADRIUS-ALEXANDRINUS IN NORTHEAST SPAIN, Journal fur Ornithologie, 137(4), 1996, pp. 523-525
Citations number
14
Language
TEDESCO
art.tipo
Article
Categorie Soggetti
Ornithology
Journal title
ISSN journal
0021-8375
Volume
137
Issue
4
Year of publication
1996
Pages
523 - 525
Database
ISI
SICI code
0021-8375(1996)137:4<523:AOHIAB>2.0.ZU;2-4
Abstract
A low presence of haematophagus parasites has been reported in arctic waders. Three hypotheses try to explain these low levels: higher inher ent resistance to parasites in the Charadrii, lower presence of parasi tes in the breeding grounds of waders in the arctic, and influence of the vegetation structure in the habitat of these birds. To test these hypotheses, we took blood samples from 87 alive-trapped Kentish Plover s Charadrius alexandrinus nesting in Northeast Spain. None of the samp les had haematophagus parasites. Therefore, very low infection rates o ccur also in a non-arctic species. These data support the hypotheses t hat Charadrii have a higher resistance or a lower probability of being infected by blood parasites than other taxa, independently of their b reeding distribution.