Parasitic helminths in the digestive tract of six species of owls (Strigiformes) in Spain

David Ferrer, Rafael Molina, Joaquim Castellà, John M. Kinsella

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A survey was carried out in Catalonia, Spain to determine the prevalence of parasitic helminths infesting the digestive tract of nocturnal raptors (Strigiformes). One hundred birds belonging to six owl species were examined. The number of birds examined ranged between three and 30. The overall level of infestation was 65% and the most frequent helminths present were nematodes, followed by trematodes, cestodes and acanthocephalans. Strigiformes showing the highest levels of infestation were little owls (Athene noctua), 86.7% of which were infested. Helminths with the highest prevalence were Synhimantus spp., intestinal capillarids, Brachylaima spp., cestodes and Centrorhynchus aluconis. © 2003 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)181-185
JournalVeterinary Journal
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2004


  • Helminths
  • Owls
  • Parasites
  • Spain
  • Strigiformes


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