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Original Article
Prevalence of Haemoproteus spp. in Tumbler Pigeons (Columba livia domestica) in Kirikkale Province, Turkey
1 Ankara Üniversitesi Veteriner Fakültesi, Ankara, Türkiye  
2 Kırıkkale Üniversitesi Veteriner Fakültesi, Kırıkkale, Türkiye  
Turkiye Parazitol Derg 2017; 41: 71-75
DOI: 10.5152/tpd.2017.5121
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Key Words: Haemoproteus spp., pigeon, Kirikkale, prevalence
Abstract

Objective: Haemoproteus spp. are common blood parasites of pigeons. They have been reported in pigeons in many regions worldwide, including Turkey. Pigeon breeding is a popular hobby in Kirikkale province, and there is no information about the prevalence of Haemoproteus spp. The present study aimed to determine the prevalence of Haemoproteus spp. in tumbler pigeons in Kirikkale province (Kırıkkale and Yahsihan district).

 

Methods: Blood samples were taken from the wing vein of pigeons (n: 173) through microcapillary (with/heparin) tubes between February and March 2016. Blood smears were stained with 5% Giemsa solution. Ectoparasites of the pigeons were collected in separate sealed boxes. Epidemiological data of the sampled pigeons (age and sex) were obtained from the breeders.

 

Results: In total, 23 (%13.2) of 173 pigeons were infected with Haemoproteus spp. Parasite was detected in 73.9% of pigeons over 1 year old and 26.1% of pigeon under 1 year age. Haemoproteus spp. was observed in 56.2%  of females (13/23) and 43.4% of males (10/23), Sex-related differences were not observed (p = 0.821). Ectoparasites of the pigeons were identified as Columbicola spp.

 

 

Conclusion: To the best of our knowledge, this is the first study in Kirikkale province that reported the prevalence of Haemoproteus spp. in pigeons.

 

Cite this article as: Sürsal N, Atan P, Gökpınar S, Duru Ö, Çakmak A, Yıldız K. Kırıkkale Yöresi’nde Yetiştirilen Taklacı Güvercinlerde (Columba livia domestica) Haemoproteus spp.’nin Yaygınlığı. Türkiye Parazitol Derg 2017; 41: 71-5.

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