Acta Scientific Veterinary Sciences (ISSN: 2582-3183)

Mini Review Volume 4 Issue 3

Parasites of Pigeons (Columba Livia Domestica) in the Hilly Region of Meghalaya

M Das*, Rakesh Kumar, R Laha and D Bhattacharjee

Division of Animal and Fishery Sciences, ICAR Research Complex for NEH Region, Umiam, Meghalaya, India

*Corresponding Author: M Das, Division of Animal and Fishery Sciences, ICAR Research Complex for NEH Region, Umiam, Meghalaya, India.

Received: February 24, 2022; Published: March 09, 2022


The purpose of the review was to find out the prevalence of endo and ecto parasites in the pigeons of hilly region of Meghalaya. A total of 195 nos. of fecal samples were examined for four months using flotation and McMaster techniques. The overall prevalence of gastrointestinal parasitic infections in pigeons of Umiam, Meghalaya was 44.10%. Eggs of Ascaridia columbae (18.60%), Paratanaisia bragai (15.11%), Capillaria obsignata (9.30%), Strongyloides avium (12.79%), Raillietina cesticillus (6.97%), Raillietina tetragona (11.62%), Eimeria sp. (8.13%) and mixed infection (17.44%) were recorded. Examination of blood smear revealed presence of Haemoproteus columbae (6.63%). Necropsy of 6 nos. of pigeons revealed presence of Raillietina tetragona (33.33%), Raillietina echinobothrida (16.66%), Cotugnia sp. (16.66%), Cysticercus sp. (16.66%), Paratanaisia bragai (16.66%). Two species of ectoparasites, Menopon gallinae (16.66%) and Columbicola columbae (33.33%) observed. The present findings have significance because these parasites have detrimental effect on the infected birds and also serve as a potential reservoir of zoonotic parasites.

Keywords: Parasite; Pigeons; Hilly Region; Meghalaya.


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Citation: M Das., et al.“Parasites of Pigeons (Columba Livia Domestica) in the Hilly Region of Meghalaya”. Acta Scientific Veterinary Sciences 4.4 (2022): 27-31.


Copyright: © 2022 M Das., et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.


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