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dc.contributor.advisorWilliams, Dean A.
dc.contributor.authorGranthon, Carolinaen_US
dc.date.accessioned2015-05-12T21:10:03Z
dc.date.available2015-05-12T21:10:03Z
dc.date.created2015en_US
dc.date.issued2015en_US
dc.identifierUMI thesisen_US
dc.identifier.urihttps://repository.tcu.edu/handle/116099117/8319
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
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dc.publisher[Fort Worth, Tex.] : Texas Christian University,en_US
dc.relation.ispartofTCU Master Thesisen_US
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dc.titleAvian malaria and body conditioning in four species of songbirdsen_US
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etd.degree.levelMaster
local.collegeCollege of Science and Engineering
local.departmentBiology
local.academicunitDepartment of Biology
dc.type.genreThesis
local.subjectareaBiology
etd.degree.nameMaster of Science


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