Coproparasitological analysis of captive wild birds

Alessandra Snak Paola Fernanda Lenzi Kira Maria Agostini Luis Eduardo Delgado Cleuza Rocha Montanucci Marivone Valentim Zabott About the authors

In most instances of parasitism in captive birds there is no expression of clinical signs. This fact underscores the importance of performing frequent parasitological examinations in these animals. The aim of this study was to do a coproparasitological analysis to monitor parasitic infections in captive birds in Danilo Galafassi Municipal Park (Municipal Zoo of Cascavel-PR), project approved by the Committee of Ethics and Animal Welfare (CEBEA) Campus Palotina-UFPR, protocol nº 29/2010. A total of 228 fecal samples were analyzed from 37 species of captive birds from 22 enclosures in the period from August 2010 to July 2012. Chilled feces were analyzed through flotation methods of Willis-Mollay and simple sedimentation of Hoffmann, Pons and Janer. Out of the analyzed samples, 127 (55.7%) were positive and among these 55 (43.3%) presented mixed infection. The parasites that were found belonged to the genus Strongyloides, Eimeria, Capillaria, Deletrocephalus and Isospora, the superfamilies Strongyloidea, Ascaroidea and Spiruroidea, the order Trichurida and the class Cestoda. The examinations results of the enclosure of Jabiru mycteia (tuiuiú) and Cariama cristata (seriema) were negative throughout the study period. Hygienic-sanitary measures and movement control measures of animals and people circulation were introduced to minimize bird's infection, but it requires further analysis to assess their impact.

captive birds; parasitological diagnosis; zoo


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