PRESENCE OF TICKS ON THE HEADS OF HONEYEATERS IN NEW ENGLAND NATIONAL PARK
|Author(s):||David C. McFarland|
Ten species of honeyeater and three species of thornbill, present in New England National Park, were examined for ticks. Approximately 5% ol the 1 229 birds inspected had ticks present on their heads. Most infected birds were caught in winter. l suggest that ticks wait on the flowers oI Banksia spinulosa for prospective hosts, and that inter- specific differences in infestations among ihe birds are due to differences in their habitat selection foraging behaviour and morphology. Mosts ticks were found around and in front ol the eyes.
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