Birds of Indian Subcontinent

Survey of Blood Parasites in Black Vultures and Turkey Vultures from South Carolina

Publication Type:Journal Article
Year of Publication:2005
Authors:Webb, SL, Fedynich, AM, Yeltatzie, SK, Devault, TL, Rhodes, Jr., OE
Journal:Southeastern Naturalist
Date Published:2005
ISBN Number:15287092
Keywords:Accipitridae, Aegypius, Aegypius monachus, Cathartes, Cathartes aura, Cathartidae, Coragyps, Coragyps atratus, Meleagris, Meleagris gallopavo, Phasianidae
Abstract:Black Vultures (Coragyps atratus) and Turkey Vultures (Cathartes aura) are found throughout many parts of southeastern North America, but relatively little is known about the factors that may negatively impact their populations. We surveyed both species for blood parasites to learn more about factors that may influence their health. During 2000-2001, 22 Black Vultures and 11 Turkey Vultures were live-captured at the Savannah River Site in South Carolina. Two blood smears from each bird were made on microscope slides, stained, and examined at 1000x magnification. A Haemoproteus sp. was found in blood smears of one Turkey Vulture and microfilariae were detected in smears of one Black and two Turkey Vultures. We did not detect Leucocytozoon or Plasmodium in our samples, even though they have been reported in vultures from other parts of eastern North America.
Short Title:Southeastern Naturalist
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