Ectoparasites In Free-Ranging American Kestrels In Argentina: Implications for the Transmission of Viral Diseases

M. Soledad Liébana, Miguel Á. Santillán, Armando C. Cicchino, José H. Sarasola, Pablo Martínez, Sonia Cabezas, M. Susana Bó
2011 The Journal of raptor research  
We described ectoparasitic species such as chewing lice, mites, and louse flies in free-ranging American Kestrels (Falco sparverius) in the semiarid forest of Argentina. From twenty-two adults and one juvenile American Kestrel captured (fourteen females and nine males) during four breeding seasons between 2005 and 2008, we found in seven birds (six females and one male) two louse species (Laemobothrion tinnunculi and Degeeriella carruthi), one mite species (Ornithonyssus bursa) and one louse
more » ... (Icosta americana). Although the two louse species have been previously reported as parasites of American Kestrels, this is the first record for O. bursa in American Kestrels and the first for I. americana in Argentina. This finding is of particular interest because West Nile Virus (WNV) has been detected in I. americana, which 1 Email address: J. Raptor Res. 45(4):335-341
doi:10.3356/jrr-11-26.1 fatcat:u3muxngm65btjgdpsbvnnclodq