Ecto- and endo-parasites of domestic pigeons (Columba livia) in Hamedan, west part of Iran

Abstract : 

The main aim of current survey was to determine the fauna and prevalence rate of ecto and endo-parasites in domestic pigeons (Columba livia) in Hamedan, west part of Iran. Eighteen pigeons evaluated for ecto and endo-parasites infestation between September and March 2016. The blood samples obtained from wing vein for diagnosis of haemoparasites using thin smears. The collected ectoparasites of body surface transferred to 70% ethanol for identification. At necropsy, each section of gastrointestinal and respiratory tracts of birds dissected, separately. Total isolated helminthes transferred to ethanol (70%) plus glycerin (5%) solution. Lungs, liver, kidneys and heart fixed in 10% formalin-buffer for histopathological examination. Among examined birds, 40/80 (50%) were infected with Haemoproteus columbae. The isolated helminthes were Raillietina echinobothrida (20%), Ascaridia columbae (25%), Ascaridia galli (36%) and Hartertia gallinarum (10%). In addition, three species ofisolated ecto-parasites were Pseudolynchia canariensis (25%), Columbicola columbae (62.5%) and Menopon gallinae (30%). In pathological evaluation, Coli-Granoloma observed in liver of some cases. This is the first report on ecto and endo-parasites in domestic pigeons in Hamedan, West of Iran.


Keyword : 

Pigeon, endoparasite, Haemoproteus columbae, ectoparasite


Author(s) : , Z. Sadeghi-Dehkordi, S. Azami, J. Gharekhani, M. Yousefi, A. Gerami-Sadeghian
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