Data from: Feather bacterial load shapes the trade-off between preening and immunity in pigeons

Sarah Leclaire, Gábor Árpád Czirják, Abdessalem Hammouda & Julien Gasparini
Background: Complex communities of bacteria inhabit the feathers of all birds. Under normal conditions, individuals maintain a healthy state by defending themselves against these potential invaders by preening. The immune system is only triggered when bacteria gain access into the body. Preening is, however, costly and may trade-off with investment in the immune system. To shed light on how birds balance the trade-off between immunity and preen secretions when facing high or low feather bacterial...
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