Health status of free-living pigeons (Columba livia domestica) in the city of Ljubljana

Dovč, Alenka and Zorman-Rojs, Olga and Vergles Rataj, Aleksandra and Bole-Hribovšek, Vojka and Krapež, U. and Dobeic, M. (2004) Health status of free-living pigeons (Columba livia domestica) in the city of Ljubljana. Acta Veterinaria Hungarica, 52 (2). pp. 219-226. ISSN 0236-6290

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In the year 2000 an epidemiological research was undertaken on the health status of free-living pigeons in the city of Ljubljana, Slovenia. A total of 139 pigeons were captured and examined for the most common bacterial, viral, and parasitic diseases. Serum samples, oropharyngeal and cloacal swabs as well as samples of droppings and feathers were taken from the captured birds. Antibodies to paramyxovirus type 1 were found in 84.2% of the sera examined, and 23.7% of birds were serologically positive to Chlamydophila psittaci. Antibodies to avian influenza virus were not detected. Salmonella spp. were isolated from 5.7% of the cloacal swabs. Trichomonas gallinae was clinically suspected and then microscopically confirmed using oropharyngeal swabs in 7.9% of examined birds. Eimeria spp. was identified in 71.9%, Capillaria sp. in 26.6% and Ascaridia columbae in 4.3% of droppings samples examined. Of the ectoparasites, Columbicola columbae and Campanulotesbidentatus compar were found.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: S Agriculture / mezőgazdaság > SV Veterinary science / állatorvostudomány
Depositing User: Katalin Barta
Date Deposited: 15 Feb 2017 13:15
Last Modified: 15 Feb 2017 13:15

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