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Int. J. Livest. Res.. 2013; 3(3): 35-41

Investigation on Parasitic Helminthes of Gastrointestinal, Liver and Lung of Domestic Pigeons (Columba livia) in Urmia, Iran

Abdolvahed Khezerpour and Soraya Naem.

A study was conducted to evaluate the prevalence and distribution of helminthes parasites of pigeons from May 2011 to March 2012 in different parts of Urmia, Western Azerbaijan, Iran. Total of 138 pigeons were examined. The overall parasite prevalence in pigeons was 23.18%, with specific prevalence for Ascaridia columbae being 13.04% followed by species of Raillietina echinobothrida (10.14%), R. tetragona (2.89%), R. magninomida (1.44%) and Capillaria spp (0.72%). The infection rate in female and male pigeons was 21 (65.62%) and 11 (34.37%), respectively which had significant differences (P

Key words: Keywords: Helminthes, Pigeon, Gastrointestinal, Nematode, Cestode, Urmia, Iran.

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