Association between social factors and gastrointestinal parasite product excretion in a group of non-cooperatively breeding carrion crows

Wascher, Claudia A. F. (2021) Association between social factors and gastrointestinal parasite product excretion in a group of non-cooperatively breeding carrion crows. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, 75. p. 30. ISSN 1432-0762

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1007/s00265-021-02967-9

Abstract

In group-living animals, the social environment is thought to affect the probability of parasite transmission. Here, I investigate relationships between social behaviour and gastrointestinal parasite product excretion in the carrion crow (Corvus corone). Individuals from a population of non-cooperatively breeding carrion crows excreted less samples containing coccidian oocysts when kept in larger groups (8 or 9 individuals) compared to those individuals kept in smaller groups (2 or 3 individuals). Lower-ranking individuals excreted more samples containing parasite oocysts compared to higher-ranking individuals. The strength of affiliative relationships and number of related individuals in the group did not relate to the proportion of droppings containing coccidian oocysts. The present results confirm an association between social environment and parasite excretion patterns in carrion crows, but the patterns described in the present study differ from previously published data derived from a group of cooperatively breeding crows. This illustrates that differences between the social systems of carrion crows might result in different associations between the social environment and parasite product excretion patterns.

Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: affiliation, aggression, parasites, coccidian oocysts, nematodes, carrion crows
Faculty: Faculty of Science & Engineering
Depositing User: Lisa Blanshard
Date Deposited: 12 Jan 2021 16:48
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2021 17:01
URI: https://arro.anglia.ac.uk/id/eprint/706168

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