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dc.contributor.authorGranthon, Carolinaen_US
dc.date.accessioned2015-05-12T21:10:03Z
dc.date.available2015-05-12T21:10:03Z
dc.date.created2015.en_US
dc.date.created2015en_US
dc.date.issued2015en_US
dc.identifierTCU Master Thesisen_US
dc.identifier.urihttps://repository.tcu.edu/handle/116099117/8319
dc.descriptionTitle from thesis title page (viewed Jul. 29, 2015).en_US
dc.descriptionIncludes abstract.en_US
dc.descriptionThesis--Texas Christian University, 2015.en_US
dc.descriptionDepartment of Biology; advisor, Dean Williams.en_US
dc.descriptionIncludes bibliographical references.en_US
dc.descriptionText (electronic thesis) in PDF.en_US
dc.description.abstractAvian malaria is a common disease in songbirds, caused by protozoans in the genera Plasmodium, Haemoproteus, and Leucocytozoon. These parasites can negatively impact bird survival, reproductive success, and body condition. Four species of songbirds were sampled during the reproductive season; the American redstart, the gray catbird, the cedar waxwing, and the red-eyed vireo. The study aimed to determine parasite prevalence in these species, as well as to evaluate a relationship between infection and body condition. Results detected a high parasite prevalence using PCR (94%) but a much lower one using microscopy (37%), suggesting that parasite prevalence is high while parasitemia is low. Parasite infection did not seem to affect any measure of body condition. We found that within infected vireos, females had a higher H/L ratio than males, and that breeding waxwings had higher parasite prevalence and lower body condition than migrating birds, consistent with infection by Leucocytozoon.en_US
dc.format.mediumFormat: Onlineen_US
dc.publisher[Fort Worth, Tex.] : Texas Christian University,en_US
dc.relation.ispartofUMI thesis.en_US
dc.relation.requiresMode of access: World Wide Web.en_US
dc.relation.requiresSystem requirements: Adobe Acrobat reader.en_US
dc.titleAvian malaria and body conditioning in four species of songbirds [electronic resource] /en_US
dc.typeTexten_US
local.academicunitDepartment of Biology
local.subjectareaBiology


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