Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Show Summary Details


IMPACT FACTOR 2015: 0.602
5-year IMPACT FACTOR: 0.710

SCImago Journal Rank (SJR) 2015: 0.316
Source Normalized Impact per Paper (SNIP) 2015: 0.678
Impact per Publication (IPP) 2015: 0.645

149,00 € / $224.00 / £112.00*

See all formats and pricing

Select Volume and Issue


Parasitic helminthes — probable cause of death of birds

1Department of Parasitology, Institute of Genetics and Microbiology, Wrocław University, Przybyszewskiego 63/77, 51-148, Wrocław, Poland

2Comenius Museum, Horni nam. 7, 75, 152, Přerov, Czech Republic

© 2012 Institute of Parasitology, SAS, Košice, Slovakia. This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 3.0 License. (CC BY-NC-ND 3.0)

Citation Information: Helminthologia. Volume 49, Issue 4, Pages 241–246, ISSN (Online) 1336-9083, ISSN (Print) 0440-6605, DOI: 10.2478/s11687-012-0045-7, November 2012

Publication History

Published Online:


Parasitic helminths were the probable cause of death of 41 passeriform birds (29 adults and 12 juveniles in their first year of life) caught in the net during the spring and autumn ringing (1986–2010). The birds (1 Chaffinch Fringilla coelebs, 1 House Martin Delichon urbica, 2 Blue Tit Cyanistes caeruleus, 9 Great Tit Parus major, 3 Willow Tit Poecile palustris, 1 Great Reed Acrocephalus arundinaceus, 1 Chiffchaff Phylloscopus collybita, 3 Blackcap Sylvia atricapilla, 2 Dunnock Prunella modularis, 1 Magpie Pica pica, 5 Robin Erithacus rubecula, 9 Common Blackbird Turdus merula and 3 Song Thrush T. philomelos) were caught in the environs of Přerov (Czech Republic). The helminths: trematodes, tapeworms, nematodes and hook worms, were located in the intestine, glandular and muscular stomach, cloaca, rectum, gall bladder, liver, pulmonary cavity, air sac, nasal and orbital cavity and subcutaneous tissue of the hosts. The intensity of invasion with different species of parasites was up to 734 per host. Some parasites Brachydistomum ventricosum, Mosesia sittae, Aprocta cylindrica, Diplotriaena tridens were acquired at the wintering grounds. All the helmniths were heteroxenous, with development cycle involving intermediate hosts (invertebrates) which are part of the birds’ diet.

  • [1] Borgsteede, F. H. M., Okulewicz, A., Zoun, P. E. F., Okulewicz, J. (2005): The gastrointestinal helminth fauna of the eider duck (Somateria molissima L.) in the Netherlands. Helminthologia, 42,2: 83–87

  • [2] Calegaro-marques, C., Amato, S. B. (2010): Parasites as secret files of the trophic interactions of hosts: the case of the rufous-bellied trush. Rev. Mex. Biodivers., 81: 801–811

  • [3] Deviche, P., Greiner, E. C., Manteca, X. (2001): Seasonal and age-related changes in blood parasite prevalence in Dark-Eyed Juncos (Junco hyemalis, Aves, Passeriformes). J. Exp. Zool., 289: 456–466. DOI 10.1002/jez.1027 http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/jez.1027 [Crossref]

  • [4] Dyer, W. G., Williams Jr, E. H., Mignucci-giannoni, A. A., Jimenez-marrero, N. M., Bunkley-williams, L., Moore, D. P., Pence, D. B. (2010): Helminth and arthropod parasites of the brown pelican, Pelecanus occidentalis, in Puerto Rico, with a compilation of all metazoan parasites reported from this host in the Western Hemisphere. Avian Pathol., 31:5, 441–448. DOI 10.1080/0307945021000005815 http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/0307945021000005815 [Crossref]

  • [5] Frantova, D. (2002): Some parasitic nematodes (Nematoda) of birds (Aves) in the Czech Republic. Acta Soc. Zool. Bohem., 66: 13–28

  • [6] Hillgarth, N., Wingfield, J. C. (1997): Parasite-mediated sexual selection: endocrine aspects In: Clayton, D. H., Moore, J. (Eds) Host-Parasite Evolution. General principles and avian model. Oxford University Press: 78–104

  • [7] Klein, S. L. (2000): The effects of hormones on sex differences in infection: from genes to behavior. Neurosci Biobehav. Rev., 24: 627–638. DOI 1016/SO149-7634(00)00027-0 http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S0149-7634(00)00027-0

  • [8] Kanarek, G. (2007): [Helminth fauna of the great cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo sinensis) in northern Poland]. Dissertation in Department of Invertebrate University of Gdansk

  • [9] Krone, O., Langgemach, T., Sommer, P., Kenntner, N. (2003): Causes of mortality in white-tailed sea eagles from Germany. In: Helander, B., Marquiss, M., Bowerman, W. (Eds) Sea Eagle 2000: Proceeding of Swedish Society for Natural Conservation. SNF, Stockholm, Sweden, 211–218

  • [10] la Sala, L. F., Martorelli, S. R. (2007): Intestinal Acanthocephaladiosis in Olrog’s Gull (Larus atlanticus): Profilicollis chasmagnathi as possibile causa of Heath. J. Wildl. Dis., 43(2): 269–273

  • [11] Literak, I., Honza, M., Haluzik, M., Haman, A., Pinowska, B., Pcola, S. (2003): Cutaneous Trematode Collyriclum faba in Wild Birds in the Central European Carpathians. J. Parasitol., 89(2): 412–416. DOI 10.1017/JOH 2006362 http://dx.doi.org/10.1645/0022-3395(2003)089[0412:CTCFIW]2.0.CO;2 [Crossref]

  • [12] Literak, I., Sitko, J. (2006): Where in Europe should we look for sources of the cutaneous trematode Collyriclum faba infections in migrating birds? J. Helminthol., 80: 349–355 http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/JOH2006362 [Crossref]

  • [13] Niewiadomska, K., Pojmańska, T., Machnicka, B., Czubaj, A. (2001): [Outline of General Parasitology]. Wyd. Naukowe PWN, Warszawa, 515 pp. (In Polish)

  • [14] Okulewicz, A. (1984): [The parasitic nematodes of the Robin (Erithacus rubecula L.) from the region of Wrocław]. Wiad. Parazytol., 30,5–6: 585–594 (In Polish) [PubMed]

  • [15] Okulewicz, A. (1991): [Turdus merula L. as a proper host for Capillaria ovopunctata (Nematoda: Capillariidae)]. Wiad. Parazytol., 37(2): 261–267 (In Polish) [PubMed]

  • [16] Pojmańska, T., Niewiadomska, K. (2010): [Parasites — inconvenient element in the structure of ecosystem food web]. Kosmos, 1–2: 99–110 (In Polish)

  • [17] Sitko, J. (1998): Trematodes of birds of prey (Falconiformes) in Czech Republic. Helminthologia, 35,3: 131–146

  • [18] Sitko, J., Okulewicz, A. (2010): Checklist of the Nematodes in Birds in the Czech Republic and the Slovak Republic. Comenius Museum, Přerov.

  • [19] Wójcik, A. R., Wasilewski, L., Grygon-Franckiewicz B., Żbikowska, E. (1999). [Economic losses in pheasant breeding evoked with endoparasites]. Wiad. Parazyt., 45(3): 363–368 (In Polish) [PubMed]

Citing Articles

Here you can find all Crossref-listed publications in which this article is cited. If you would like to receive automatic email messages as soon as this article is cited in other publications, simply activate the “Citation Alert” on the top of this page.

A. Königová, G. Hrčková, L. Molnár, P. Major, and M. Várady
Helminthologia, 2015, Volume 52, Number 4
Katie M. Beckmann, Eileen Harris, Ann M. Pocknell, Shinto K. John, Shaheed K. Macgregor, Andrew A. Cunningham, and Becki Lawson
Journal of Wildlife Diseases, 2014, Volume 50, Number 4, Page 986
M. Santoro, B. Degli Uberti, G. Galiero, F. Prisco, N. D’Alessio, and V. Veneziano
Helminthologia, 2013, Volume 50, Number 3

Comments (0)

Please log in or register to comment.