BLOOD PARASITES OF SOME PASSERIFORM BIRDS IN BAGHDAD AREA, CENTRAL IRAQ

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17/6/2014 10:39 AM

BLOOD PARASITES OF SOME PASSERIFORM BIRDS IN BAGHDAD AREA, CENTRAL IRAQ



Mohammad K.Mohammad
Azhar A. Al-Moussawi
Iraq Natural History Research Centre and Museum, University of Baghdad,Bab Al-Muadham, Baghdad, Iraq.
email: amarmkm82@yahoo.com


ABSTRACT

Examining of passeriform birds collected in Baghdad area revealed presence of seven species of blood parasites belonging to three genera, Haemoproteus, Leucocytozoon, and Plasmodium. Records of microfilariae (larval nematodes) were also indicated. Results showed wide distribution of Plasmodium relictum among passerine hosts.




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