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Medical Term:

biting louse


ectoparasites (order Mallophaga) chiefly found on birds, where they feed on feathers, hair, epidermal debris, and (less commonly) on blood; they possess nipperlike, heavily sclerotized mandibles and a characteristic broad head; many species are host specific.

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