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1 June 2005 A SURVEY OF SELECTED PARASITIC AND VIRAL PATHOGENS IN FOUR SPECIES OF MEXICAN PARROTS, AMAZONA AUTUMNALIS, AMAZONA ORATRIX, AMAZONA VIRIDIGENALIS, AND RHYNCHOPSITTA PACHYRHYNCHA
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Isolated populations of four species of Mexican parrots were sampled for evidence of selected pathogens of concern in birds originating in Latin America. Data were collected between June and September 1997, and ectoparasite collection was repeated with Rhynchopsitta pachyrhyncha in September 2000. Serum samples from nine Amazona oratrix, 10 Amazona viridigenalis, 6 Amazona autumnalis, and 25 R. pachyrhyncha chicks were screened for neutralizing antibodies to psittacid herpesvirus and avian influenza and for antibodies to paramyxovirus serotypes 1 and 3. Chicks were also examined visually for fecal parasites and ectoparasites. All serologic and fecal parasite tests were negative. Ectoparasites included ticks, Ixodidae; mites, Ornithonyssus sylviarum; fleas, Psyttopsylla mexicana; lice, Paragoniocotes mexicanus, Heteromenopon sp., and Psittacobrosus sp.; and bugs, Ornithocoris sp. This study provides baseline information to guide future health studies.

Elizabeth Gordon Stone, Griselda Montiel-Parra, and Tila Maria Pérez "A SURVEY OF SELECTED PARASITIC AND VIRAL PATHOGENS IN FOUR SPECIES OF MEXICAN PARROTS, AMAZONA AUTUMNALIS, AMAZONA ORATRIX, AMAZONA VIRIDIGENALIS, AND RHYNCHOPSITTA PACHYRHYNCHA," Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine 36(2), 245-249, (1 June 2005). https://doi.org/10.1638/04-026.1
Received: 22 March 2004; Published: 1 June 2005
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