Age as a factor in acquisition of parasites by Canada geese

Journal of Wildlife Management
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Examination of 46 Canada goose goslings yielded 14 species of parasites, including five Protozoa, four Nematoda, two Cestoda, and three Trematoda. Evidence indicates that goslings acquired most of these infections during their first week of life. Some parasites, Prosthogonimus sp., occurred only in younger birds. Others, Leucocytozoon simondi, were evident only during the initial course of infection, while still others remained evident in older geese. Parasites with a direct life cycle appeared to be more prevalent than those requiring intermediate hosts. Among 29 birds from a refuge in Michigan, 14 species of parasites were found; while in 17 goslings from a Utah refuge, only five species occurred.

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Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Age as a factor in acquisition of parasites by Canada geese
Series title Journal of Wildlife Management
Volume 18
Issue 2
Year Published 1954
Language English
Contributing office(s) Patuxent Wildlife Research Center
Description 239-247
Larger Work Type Article
Larger Work Subtype Journal Article
Larger Work Title Journal of Wildlife Management
First page 239
Last page 247