The Reed Warbler


We also caught this Reed Warbler Acrocephalus scirpaceus recently:


Not only is the lower mandible much elongated, but the upper one is uncommonly broad, a bit too short, and deformed. As is usually the case with birds with deformed bills, this one was very poor at preening, and we must have got over a hundred Menacanthus from it! The bander’s hands were full, the fumigation chamber held more than 50 nymphs, and when we ruffled it, the nymphs seemed to never stop falling off!

Now, if we could only get some more Reed Warblers to estimate how much lice they normally have…


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