New records of ectoparasites from passerine birds in the High Tatras of Slovakia

Publication Type:Journal Article
Year of Publication:2018
Authors:S. E. Bush, Gustafsson, D. R., Clayton, D. H.
Journal:Oecologia Montana
Pagination:43 - 45
Keywords:Acari, Siphonaptera

During the summer of 2015, 52 passerine birds, representing 16 genera and 19 species were captured at a field site in the High Tatra Mountains, Tatranská Javorina, Slovakia. These birds were examined for ectoparasites, including chewing lice (Phthiraptera: Ischnocera), fleas (Siphonaptera), flies (Diptera: Hippoboscidae), and feather mites (Acari). A list of host-parasite associations is provided, along with data on parasite prevalence and intensity. Many of the records are known host associations, but two species of lice (one named, one unnamed) represent new host records.

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