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PRESENCE OF TICKS ON THE HEADS OF HONEYEATERS IN NEW ENGLAND NATIONAL PARK


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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