Data from: Uropygial gland volume and malaria infection are related to survival in migratory house martins

Sergio Magallanes, Luz García-Longoria, Cosme López-Calderón, Maribel Reviriego, Florentino De Lope, Anders P. Moller & Alfonso Marzal
Pathogens such as bacteria, fungi and malaria and related haemosporidians provoke negative effects on the fitness of their hosts. Animals have developed a range of defensive mechanisms to resist or eliminate these parasitic infections and their negative fitness costs. The uropygial gland secretion has been proposed to act as defensive barrier of skin and plumage in the fight against bacteria and fungi, and may prevent birds from acquiring haemosporidian infections. Thus, the secretion of uropygial...
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