- Bird louse
Bird louse refers to any
chewing louse( paraphyleticsuborder Mallophaga) which parasitizes birds. Recent reclassification has found that bird lice belong to two suborders, Amblyceraand Ischnocera, although some members of these suborders do not parasitize birds and are therefore not bird lice.
Bird lice may feed on
feathers, skin, or blood, but usually do not cause much harm to a bird unless it is unusually infested. It is believed that all bird species have lice at least occasionally; some species are remarkably free of ectoparasitesFact|date=February 2007 while others have been observed to utilize plants with known insecticidal propertiesFact|date=February 2007.
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