Study on the parasites of chukar partridge Alectoris chukar from Shaqlawa district, Kurdistan region, Iraq

Abstract

A total of 96 specimens of chukar partridge Alectoris chukar were collected from Shaqlawa district, northeast of Erbil city, Kurdistan region, north of Iraq, during the period from May 2009 to the end of April 2010 and inspected for parasites. The study revealed the existence of five species of parasites including:one species of digenetic trematode (Dicrocoelium petrowi), two species of cestodes (Cotugnia latiproglottina and Raillietina alectori), and two species of nematodes (Ascaridia numidae and Hartertia gallinarum). Two species of these parasites (D. petrowi and A. numidae) are considered as first records in Iraq. Also, A. chukar was regarded as a new host for R. alectori and H. gallinarum.