Wood storks (Mycteria americana) are endangered throughout their breeding range in the United States. Because of this, researchers have had little opportunity to thoroughly examine the continental wood stork population for endoparasites. The blood protozoan Haemoproteus crumenium has been identified from several populations of wood storks in North America. However, there have been no reports of wood storks being infected with species of Plasmodium or Leucocytozoon. During 2003, 42 nestling wood storks were captured at sites in Georgia and 27 free-ranging wood storks were captured at postbreeding dispersal sites in Mississippi and Louisiana. Two thin blood smears were made from each bird, and they were examined for parasites. Haemoproteus crumenium was found in 5 wood storks (7.2%), whereas Leucocytozoon sp., Plasmodium sp., and microfilariae were not observed. Mean intensity of H. crumenium was 4.4 ± 0.7 (SE) per 2,000 erythrocytes counted. All infected wood storks were subadult or adult and were from postbreeding dispersal sites in Mississippi.
Blood Parasites in Wood Storks (Mycteria americana) From the Southeastern United States
Cody J. Zabransky, Stephen L. Webb, Alan M. Fedynich, A. Lawrence Bryan; Blood Parasites in Wood Storks (Mycteria americana) From the Southeastern United States. J Parasitol 1 October 2008; 94 (5): 1178–1179. doi: https://doi.org/10.1645/GE-1480.1
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