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Online Journal of Veterinary Research

Established 1994
ISSN 1328-925X


Volume 22 (8):736-738, 2018.

Prevalence of Giardia spp in pet shop birds.


Khalil NK.


College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Baghdad, Iraq




Khalil NK., Prevalence of Giardia spp in pet shop birds, Onl J Vet Res., 22 (8):736-738, 2018. Author reports prevalence of Giardia spp in 115 fecal samples (Columba livia domestica ), 13 cockatiels (Nymphicus hollandicus), 9 parrots (Psiltacula krameri), 25 finch (Chloebia gouldia) and 18 love birds (Agapornis spp). Feces were examined by direct smear in saline, flotation with saturated zinc sulphate salt solution and stained with Giemsa. There was total prevalence of 18.26%, highest in pigeon 9.56%, followed by finches 5.21% and love birds 3.4% (4/18), but none in parrots or cockatiels. Incidence was greatest during colder months (5-6%) compared with summer (0%). In this survey, prevalence of giardia in pet shop birds in Bagdad is higher compared with other locations and reports. A cooler humid environment in Iraq may favor proliferation over the dry hot conditions of summer.


Key words: Giardia spp., pet birds, prevalence.