Authors: LUCIA IBAÑEZ, MARÍA INÉS GAMBOA, VANINA DAFNE FIORINI, DIEGO MONTALTI
Abstract: We examined 71 fecal samples of European starling nestlings from Buenos Aires Province, Argentina, in the reproductive seasons of 2012 and 2013 to detect the presence of intestinal parasites and determine their prevalence. Total parasite prevalence was 26.8%. We found one coccidial species (Isospora sp.) with a prevalence of 25.35% and one cestode species with a prevalence of 1.4%. These values are lower than those reported for starlings from Europe and North America. Our results suggest that a reduction in the diversity of parasite species was likely to have occurred during the introduction process of this bird in Argentina, thus contributing to its invasive success.
Keywords: Argentina, cestode, Isospora, starling nestling
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