Absence of blood parasites in the Alpine Accentor Prunella collaris
AbstractTotal of 83 birds Alpine Accentor P. collaris were investigated for occurrence of blood parasites Haemoproteus sp. and Leucocytozoon sp. During the years 2001-2009 birds were captured in their natural habitats in alpine areas of the Slovak high mountains. The blood smears of all individuals were examined by microscopical scanning and 50 individuals were tested for blood parasites using PCR. None of the investigated birds was found to be infected with blood parasites.
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