Oxyspirura petrowi infection leads to pathological consequences in Northern bobwhite (Colinus virginianus)

Nicholas R. Dunham, Scott Reed, Dale Rollins, Ronald J. Kendall

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Debilitating ocular diseases are often reported in avian species. By and large, helminth parasites have been overlooked in avian diseases and regarded as inconsequential. The decline of Northern bobwhite quail (Colinus virginianus) in the Rolling Plains ecoregion of Texas has prompted an investigation of the factors influencing their disappearance. Infection by the eyeworm (Oxyspirura petrowi) has been documented in many avian species; however, the effect it has on its host is not well understood. Heavy eyeworm infection has been documented in Northern bobwhites throughout this ecoregion, leading to eye pathology in this host species. The present study further documents and supports the pathological changes associated with O. petrowi in bobwhites.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)273-276
Number of pages4
JournalInternational Journal for Parasitology: Parasites and Wildlife
Issue number3
StatePublished - Dec 1 2016


  • Colinus virginianus
  • Eyeworm
  • Northern bobwhite
  • Oxyspirura petrowi
  • Parasitism
  • Pathology


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