Insect ectoparasites on wild birds in the Czech Republic during the pre-breeding period

Publication Type:Journal Article
Year of Publication:2011
Authors:O. Sychra, Literák, I., Podzemný, P., Harmat, P., Hrabák, R.
Pagination:13 - 19
Date Published:Jan-02-2011
Keywords:birds, chewing lice, Czech Republic., fleas, Passeriformes, Phthiraptera, Siphonaptera, spring migration

Wild passerine birds (Passeriformes) from the northeastern part of the Czech Republic were examined for ectoparasites during the pre-breeding period in 2007. Two species of fleas of the genera Ceratophyllus and Dasypsyllus (Siphonaptera: Ceratophyllidae), and 23 species of chewing lice belonging to the genera Ricinus, Myrsidea, Menacanthus (Phthiraptera: Menoponidae), Brueelia, Penenirmus, and Philopterus (Phthiraptera: Philopteridae)
were found on 108 birds of 16 species. Distribution of insect ectoparasites found on wild birds during pre-breeding was compared with previous data from the post-breeding period.
There was no difference in total prevalence of chewing lice in pre- breeding and post-breeding periods. Higher prevalence of fleas and slightly higher mean intensity of chewing lice were found on birds during the pre-breeding period. There was a significant difference in total prevalence but equal mean intensity of chewing lice on resident and migrating birds.

Short Title:Parasite
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