Biodiversity and prevalence of parasites of domestic pigeons (Columba livia domestica) in a selected semiarid zone of South Khorasan, Iran

Publication Type:Journal Article
Year of Publication:2012
Authors:M. Hossein Radfar, Asl, E. Norouzi, Seghinsara, H. Rezaei, Dehaghi, M. Mirzaei, Fathi, S.
Journal:Tropical Animal Health and Production
Pagination:225 - 229
Type of Article:Online Nov. 2011, in this journal Feb. 2012
Keywords:Domestic pigeons, Iran, Parasites, South Khorasan

Five species of nematodes and cestodes were collected from alimentary canals of pigeons: the nematodes were two species: Ascaridia colombae (16.66%) and Hadjelia truncata (1.96%), while the cestodes were Cotugnia digonopora (13.79%), Raillietina magninumida (18.62%) and Raillietina achinobothridia (32.35%); fecal examination revealed: Eimeria spp. (40.19%) and Crypto- sporidium oocysts (2.94%); and blood smears showed: Haemoproteus cloumbae (47/05%); in mouth, throat and larynx: Trichomonans gallinae (57.84%); four species of ectoparasites were collected from feathers and subcutaneous nodules as follows: feathers: Pseudolynchia canariensis (63.72%), Columbicola columbae (79.41%), Menopen galli- nea (44.11%); subcutaneous nodules: Laminosioptes cysti- cola (1.96%). From the parasitic fauna identified in this study, it is imperative to institute an integrated parasitic control through constant changing of litter, regular use of antihel- minthics, anticoccidials and dusting of birds with pesticides.

Short Title:Trop Anim Health Prod
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