|Publication Type:||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication:||1995|
|Authors:||A. Bear, Freidberg A.|
|Journal:||Israel Journal of Zoology|
|Pagination:||109 - 124|
A survey of the bird-parasitizing louse flies (Ornithomyini) in Israel was carried out between 1990 and 1993. Specimens belonging to 13 species were examined. Seven species were previously known from Israel (Icosta ardeae (Macquart), I. meda (Maa), I. minor (Bigot), Ornithoica turdi Olivier, Ornithomya chloropus (Bergroth), Ornithophila metallica (Schiner), and Pseudolynchia canariensis (Macquart)), and six species are recorded as new to the Israeli fauna (Crataerina pallida Olivier, from swifts (Apus apus); Icosta zumpti Maa, from a buzzard (Buteo buteo); Ornithomya avicular ia L., from a blackbird (Turdus merula); Ornithomya biloba Dufour, from swallows (Hirundo rustica) and sand martins (Riparia riparia); Orithomya gigantea n. sp. (described here), from a blackcap (Sylvia atricapilla); and Ornithophila gestroi Rondani, from lesser kestrels (Falco naumanni)). Louse flies were found on 26 species of birds, 24 of which constitute new host records for Israel.