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Brazilian boobies

Author information: Seabirds are often free from blood parasites, and a recent review suggested that phylogenetic, ecological and life-history brazilian can determine the prevalence of blood parasites in seabirds. However, there is a lack of data available from many seabird groups, and a larger database is freaky jailbait pussy to understand prevalence patterns of blood parasites.


We used a molecular screening approach to detect parasites of the genera Plasmodium, Haemoproteus, Leucocytozoon and Babesia in five species of two genera of seabirds that breed on Atlantic Ocean islands off Brazil. The observed patterns differed between the two bird genera. Like other Laridae, brown noddy, Anous stolidus adults were infected with Haemoproteus with low brazilian.

Masked boobies, Sula dactylatra and brown boobies, Sula leucogaster were infected with Babesia.

Brown booby

Of the latter, boobies juveniles were infected. In all species, intensity of infection i.

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This may explain the absence of major effects on the body condition of birds, although infected juvenile masked boobies were lighter than juveniles that were not infected with Babesia. Two tree-nesting species; black noddy, Anous minutus and red-footed boobies, Sula sula did not have blood parasites, suggesting that tree-nesting may reduce the exposure to arthropod vectors compared with ground nesting in these species.