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Ectoparasites of Burrowing Owls (Athene cunicularia hypugaea) wintering in southern Texas

Texas Journal of Science

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Abstract

Fifteen Western Burrowing Owls (Athene cunicularia hypugaea) were captured over two winters (2001-2003) in southern Texas and examined for ectoparasites. Four of the 15 owls (27%) harbored feather lice, and the maximum number of lice found on any individual was ??? three. Two species of feather lice were found: Colpocephalum pectinatum occurred on three of the owls, and Strigiphilus speotyti was found on four owls. No fleas or other ectoparasites were found on any of the Burrowing Owls. The low diversity and numbers of ectoparasites suggest that ectoparasites are not threatening the health of wintering Burrowing Owls in southern Texas.

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Publication type:
Article
Publication Subtype:
Journal Article
Title:
Ectoparasites of Burrowing Owls (Athene cunicularia hypugaea) wintering in southern Texas
Series title:
Texas Journal of Science
Volume
58
Issue:
1
Year Published:
2006
Language:
English
Larger Work Type:
Article
Larger Work Subtype:
Journal Article
First page:
73
Last page:
78
Number of Pages:
6