Chewing Louse Species (Phthiraptera: Amblycera, Ischnocera) on Roadkill Wild Birds in Van Province: Five New Species in Turkey

Yılmaz A. B., Azizoğlu E., Adızel Ö.

INDIAN JOURNAL OF ANIMAL RESEARCH, vol.56, no.6, pp.724-729, 2022 (SCI-Expanded)

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 56 Issue: 6
  • Publication Date: 2022
  • Doi Number: 10.18805/ijar.b-1405
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus, Academic Search Premier, CAB Abstracts, EMBASE, Veterinary Science Database
  • Page Numbers: pp.724-729
  • Van Yüzüncü Yıl University Affiliated: Yes



Background: The present study was conducted to identify the lice species in birds that were struck and injured or killed by motor

vehicles along the highway surrounding Lake Van, which is located between Van and Bitlis provinces in Turkey.

Methods: The bird feathers were inspected using a macroscope. The isolated lice were placed in tubes containing 70% alcohol and

were made translucent by 10% KOH. They were then glued using Canadian balsam and identified under light microscopy.

Result: Of the 102 birds collected, 40 (40.8%) birds were infested with at least one louse species. In infested birds, 14 individual lice

from 11 species were identified. Of these, Coloceras damicorne (Nitzsch, 1866), Columbicola claviformis (Denny, 1842), Ricinus

serratus (Uchida, 1926), Philopterus coarctatus (Scopoli, 1763), Upupicola upupae (Schrank, 1803) were identified in birds for the

first time in Turkey.