Which lice and mites can occur on pigeons?
There are different ectoparasites which live on pigeons. Ectoparasites are parasites which live on the outside of pigeons. There are also endoparasites, these are parasites that live on the inside, e.g. in the intestines. The following lice and mites can live on pigeons:
- Long louse
- Small louse
- Shaft mite
- Scabies mite
- Blood mite
The lice listed above like to sit on the body of pigeons. The mites of the list above like to sit on the feathers of the lice, which can cause the feathers to drop off. When pigeons have lice and/or mites, this can mean that your pigeons have been infected with underlying illnesses, such as coccidiosis, internal worms and bacterial infections.