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Chinese Birds 2013, 4(4) 314-318 DOI:   10.5122/cbirds.2013.0030  ISSN: 1674-7674 CN: 11-5870/Q

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Dicrurus hottentottus
Dongzhai National Nature Reserve
modified funneling technique
Lei LV
Zhengwang ZHANG
Jianqiang LI
Article by Andrew CANTRELL
Article by Lei LV
Article by Yong WANG
Article by Zhengwang ZHANG
Article by Jianqiang LI

Ectoparasites and other invertebrates in the nests of the Hair-crested Drongo (Dicrurus hottentottus)

Andrew CANTRELL 1,*, Lei LV 2, Yong WANG 1,2,*, Zhengwang ZHANG 2,*, Jianqiang LI 1,2

1 Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences, Alabama A&M University, Normal AL 35762, USA 2 Ministry of Education Key Laboratory for Biodiversity Sciences and Ecological Engineering, College of Life Sciences, Beijing Normal University, Beijing 100875, China


Ectoparasites and other invertebrates are known to play a role in bird behavior and in evolutionary adaptations such as preening and foraging strategies. We conducted an exploratory study by macro- and microscopically evaluating the nests of Hair-crested Drongos (Dicrurus hottentottus) at Dongzhai National Nature Reserve, Henan Province, China in 2011 to determine if there was a presence of invertebrates. We developed a modified funneling technique to collect invertebrate samples and reduce contamination from outside sources in a field setting. We found several species of ectoparasites (lice and ticks) and other invertebrates (springtails and rove beetles) within the nests. Our findings warrant further investigation as to whether or not the presence of invertebrates in the nests of Hair-crested Drongos plays a role in the adaptation of the unique nest dismantling behavior exhibited by this species.

Keywords China   Dicrurus hottentottus   Dongzhai National Nature Reserve   ectoparasite   invertebrate   modified funneling technique  
Received 2013-07-20 Revised  Online: 2013-10-15 
DOI: 10.5122/cbirds.2013.0030
Corresponding Authors: Andrew Cantrell, Yong Wang, Zhengwang Zhang
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