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Data from: Tick infestation of chicks in a seabird colony varies with local breeding synchrony, local nest density and habitat structure

Citation

Ramos, Alejandra G.; Drummond, Hugh (2016), Data from: Tick infestation of chicks in a seabird colony varies with local breeding synchrony, local nest density and habitat structure, Dryad, Dataset, https://doi.org/10.5061/dryad.683n3

Abstract

Parasites are a major risk for group-living animals and seabirds are notoriously susceptible to ectoparasite infestations because they commonly nest in dense colonies. Ticks parasitize seabirds across all biogeographical regions and they can be particularly harmful to nestlings, but the ecological factors that affect their transmission to chicks are little studied and poorly understood. Here we show that abundance of tick larvae in blue-footed booby (Sula nebouxii) broods varies with local nest synchrony and density, and also with habitat structure: abundance increased with local breeding synchrony, was linearly and quadratically related to local nest density, and was highest toward the southern end of the study area which has suitable (boulder-rich) habitat for ticks. Also, with increasing chick age infestation first increased and then declined. The results of this study highlight how local physical and social environmental factors influence infestation of seabird nestlings by ticks.

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Location

Nayarit
Isla Isabel
Mexico
Mexico.