Data from: Haemosporidian parasites depress breeding success and plumage coloration in female barn swallows (Hirundo rustica)

Andrea Romano, Riccardo Nodari, Claudio Bandi, Manuela Caprioli, Alessandra Costanzo, Roberto Ambrosini, Diego Rubolini, Marco Parolini, Sara Epis & Nicola Saino
Parasites are major effectors of natural selection and also play a role in sexual selection processes. Haemosporidian blood parasites are common in vertebrates and have been shown to vary in their effects depending on both the parasite and host species, on the host trait investigated as well as on host condition and stage of infection. Here we investigated infection of adult barn swallows (Hirundo rustica) by Plasmodium, Leucocytozoon and Haemoproteus species during the chronic stage...
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