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Ticks collected from birds in the northern provinces of South Africa, 2004-2006

G. Hasle, I.G. Horak, G. Grieve, H.P. Leinaas, F. Clarke
Onderstepoort Journal of Veterinary Research | Vol 76, No 2 | a42 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/ojvr.v76i2.42 | © 2009 G. Hasle, I.G. Horak, G. Grieve, H.P. Leinaas, F. Clarke | This work is licensed under CC Attribution-NoDerivatives 4.0
Submitted: 09 September 2009 | Published: 09 September 2009

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G. Hasle,
I.G. Horak,
G. Grieve,
H.P. Leinaas,
F. Clarke,

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Abstract

Approximately 3 000 birds, mainly passerines, caught in mist nets in the northern provinces of South Africa, were examined for ticks. A total of 178 ticks, belonging to 14 species, were recovered from 83 birds of 43 different species. Hyalomma rufipes was the most numerous tick, with 26 larvae and 109 nymphs collected, followed by Amblyomma marmoreum, with 13 larvae and two nymphs. Despite the study being conducted within the distribution range of Amblyomma hebraeum, it was not seen on any passerines, whereas three larger species were infested. The potential for small birds to spread ticks with their associated tick-borne pathogens is discussed.

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