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Parasites of domestic pigeons (Columba livia domestica) in Sebele, Gaborone, Botswana : short communication

E.Z. Mushi, M.G. Binta, R.G. Chabo, R. Ndebele, R. Panzirah
Journal of the South African Veterinary Association | Vol 71, No 4 | a726 | DOI: | © 2000 E.Z. Mushi, M.G. Binta, R.G. Chabo, R. Ndebele, R. Panzirah | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 10 July 2000 | Published: 10 July 2000

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E.Z. Mushi,
M.G. Binta,
R.G. Chabo,
R. Ndebele,
R. Panzirah,

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The following parasites were found in apparently healthy pigeons kept in Sebele: a haemoprotozoan, Haemoproteus columbae (80 %); endoparasite metazoan nematodes, Ascaridia columbae(30 %) and Dispharynx spiralis(10 %); a cestode, Raillietina sp. (80 %) and coccidian oocysts (40 %); 2 ectoparasites, namely the pigeon fly, Pseudolynchia canariensis (50 %) and the louse, Columbicola columbae (30 %). The pigeons also had high antibody titres, (1:256) to the protozoan parasite Toxoplasma gondii (100 %). The latter infection in these domestic pigeons has public health implications.


Botswana; Ectoparasites; Endoparasites; Haemoparasites; Pigeons; Toxoplasma Gondii; Zoonosis


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