Distribution of chewing lice upon the polygynous peacock Pavo cristatus

Publication Type:Journal Article
Year of Publication:1996
Authors:I. R. Stewart, Clark, F., Petrie, M.
Journal:Journal of Parasitology
Pagination:370 - 372
Date Published:1996
Keywords:animals, Animals, Zoo, Binomial Distribution, bird, bird diseases, England, Lice Infestations/epidemiology/parasitology/veterinary, Lice/physiology, reproduction

An opportunistic survey of louse distribution upon the peacock Pavo cristatus was undertaken following a cull of 23 birds from an English zoo. After complete skin and feather dissolution, 2 species of lice were retrieved, Goniodes pavonis and Amyrsidea minuta. The distribution of both louse species could be described by a negative binomial model. The significance of this is discussed in relation to transmission dynamics of lice in the atypical avian mating system found in the peacock, which involves no male parental care.

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