As regular CFZ-watchers will know, for some time Corinna has been doing a column for Animals & Men and a regular segment on On The Track... particularly about out-of-place birds and rare vagrants. There seem to be more and more bird stories from all over the world hitting the news these days so, to make room for them all - and to give them all equal and worthy coverage - she has set up this new blog to cover all things feathery and Fortean.

Tuesday 14 April 2015

Study of African birds reveals hotbed of malaria parasite diversity

April 13, 2015

Drexel University

Among hundreds of birds sampled during two months of field work in the southeastern African nation of Malawi, an astonishing proportion of the birds -- 79 percent -- were infected with haemosporidian parasites. Even more surprising, 81 percent of the parasites were previously undocumented lineages. Studying birds and their parasites provides insight into how lifestyle characteristics of birds can influence their association with different parasite genera.

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