Distribution Pattern of Phthirapterans Infesting Certain Common Indian Birds

Publication Type:Journal Article
Year of Publication:2007
Authors:A. Kumar Saxena, Kumar, S., Gupta, N., Mitra, J. D., Ali, S. A., Srivastava, R. K.
Journal:Journal of Parasitology
Date Published:August 2007

The prevalence and frequency distribution patterns of 10 phthirapteran species infesting house sparrows, Indian parakeets, common mynas, and white breasted kingfishers were recorded in the district of Rampur, India, during 2004–05. The sample mean abundances, mean intensities, range of infestations, variance to mean ratios, values of the exponent of the negative binomial distribution, and the indices of discrepancy were also computed. Frequency distribution patterns of all phthirapteran species were skewed, but the observed frequencies did not correspond to the negative binomial distribution. Thus, adult–nymph ratios varied in different species from 1:0.53 to 1:1.25. Sex ratios of different phthirapteran species ranged from 1:1.10 to 1:1.65 and were female biased.

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