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1 September 2009 Ticks (Acari: Ixodidae) Infesting Birds in an Atlantic Rain Forest Region of Brazil
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Brazil has the third richest bird diversity of the world; however, there are few data concerning ticks (Acari: Ixodidae) parazitizing birds. The aim of the study was to report tick infestations on wild birds from an Atlantic rain forest region of Brazil. During 2 yr, ticks were collected from birds and from the environment in 12 forest sites. A total of 1,725 birds were captured representing 80 species from 24 families. In total, 223 (13%) birds were found infested by immature stages of Amblyomma ticks: 1,800 larvae and 539 nymphs. The prevalence of ticks was higher among birds from the families Thamnophilidae, Conopophagidae, and Momotidae. The most common tick parasitizing birds was Amblyomma nodosum Koch. Other tick species, Amblyomma coelebs Neumann, Amblyomma cajennense (F.), Amblyomma ovale Koch, Amblyomma longirostre (Koch), Amblyomma calcaratum Neumann, and Amblyomma naponense (Packard), were found sporadically. Among freeliving ticks collected in the environment, A. cajennense was the most common, followed by A. coelebs, A. naponense, Amblyomma brasilense Aragão, and Hemaphysalis juxtakochi Cooley.

© 2009 Entomological Society of America
Maria Ogrzewalska, Richard C. Pacheco, Alexandre Uezu, Leonardo J. Richtzenhain, Fernando Ferreira, and Marcelo B. Labruna "Ticks (Acari: Ixodidae) Infesting Birds in an Atlantic Rain Forest Region of Brazil," Journal of Medical Entomology 46(5), (1 September 2009). https://doi.org/10.1603/033.046.0534
Received: 15 February 2009; Accepted: 1 May 2009; Published: 1 September 2009
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