Eastern Screech Owl, Megascops asio, Parasites, Arkansas, Nematoda, Trematoda
The eastern screech owl (Megascops asio) is a small owl that is relatively common in eastern North America. Nothing is known of the parasites of this owl in Arkansas. Here, we document 3 helminths from a single injured M. asio that subsequently died and was donated by a rehabilitation center for parasitic examination. Found were 2 digenetic trematodes, Brachylaima mcintoshi and Neodiplostomumamericanum, and a habronematid nematode, Excisa excisiformis. The former trematode represents a new host record for M. asio, and B. mcintoshi and E. excisiformis are reported from Arkansas for the first time.
McAllister, Chris T. and Robison, Henry W.
"Helminth Parasites of Eastern Screech Owl, Megascops asio (Aves: Strigiformes: Strigidae) from Arkansas,"
Journal of the Arkansas Academy of Science: Vol. 74
, Article 12.
Available at: https://scholarworks.uark.edu/jaas/vol74/iss1/12