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Original Research Articles                      Volume : 6, Issue:10, October, 2017

PRINT ISSN : 2319-7692
Online ISSN : 2319-7706
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Editor-in-chief: Dr.M.Prakash
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Int.J.Curr.Microbiol.App.Sci.2017.6(10): 366-371

Prevalence of Endoparasitic Infection in Free Ranging Peacocks of Southern Tamil Nadu, India
R.S. Kathiravan1, P. Ramachandran2*, S. Shanmuganathan3, A. Karthikeyan3,Sathiyamoorthy1, S.K. Gollapalli4, R. Silambarasan5, D. Bhinsara3 and E. Madesh3
1Veterinary College and Research Institute, Namakkal, Tamil Nadu-637002, India
2Wild animal Veterinarian, Animal Care Trust, Rajapalayam, Tirunelveli-626117, T.N., India
3Indian Veterinary Research Institute, Izatnagar-243122, U.P., India
4College of Vetereinary Science, Sri Venkateswara Veterinary University,Tirupati-517502, A.P., India
5Veterinary officer, Chettinad Stud and Agricultural Farm, Chennai-600067, Tamil Nadu, India
*Corresponding author

The objective of this study was to investigate the distribution and prevalence of gastro-intestinal parasites in wild free ranging peafowls living in Virudhunagar and Tirunelveli districts of Southern Tamilnadu, through cross-sectional survey. A total of 72 freshly voided faecal samples were collected randomly from wild free ranging peafowls of either sex and of different age groups and were examined by direct faecal smear; flotation and sedimentation techniques to detect parasitic oocysts and/or eggs. Out of this 49 were found to be positive for parasitic infection. The data on the distribution of the various parasitic species in the wild free ranging peafowls showed that Eimeria spp were the most common (43%) particularly E. mayurai and E. pavonis. The other detected worm species and their respective frequencies were: Hymenolepis spp (4.16%), Ascardia spp (6.9%), Strongyloides spp (4.16%) and Strongyles (2.77%). The present study revealed the high prevalence of coccidial infections in the national bird of India, besides other helminths. Further, more detailed systematic epidemiological studies are warranted on parasitic infections infecting peafowls as these infections are chronic in nature and detrimental for survival.

Keywords: Endoparasites, Pea Fowls, Eimeria spp.

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Kathiravan, R.S., P. Ramachandran, S. Shanmuganathan, A. Karthikeyan, N. Sathiyamoorthy, S.K. Gollapalli, R. Silambarasan, D. Bhinsara and Madesh, E. 2017. Prevalence of Endoparasitic Infection in Free Ranging Peacocks of Southern Tamil Nadu, India.Int.J.Curr.Microbiol.App.Sci. 6(10): 366-371. doi:
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