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Alivizatos H.,Hellenic Bird Ringing Center | Papadaki A.,Hellenic Bird Ringing Center | Dimaki M.,Hellenic Bird Ringing Center | Shogolev I.,78 Meandros Str | And 4 more authors.
Ringing and Migration | Year: 2011

The aim of this study was to describe the biometrics and, in particular, changes in weight and fat deposition in the Cetti's Warbler Cettia cetti, based on ringing studies in the Schinias wetland near Athens, Greece. The data suggest that females carry more fat than males during the breeding season. Wing and tarsus measurements, as well as time of capture, were significant predictors of weight, but fat score was not. © 2011 British Trust for Ornithology.


Diakou A.,Aristotle University of Thessaloniki | Norte A.C.,University of Coimbra | Norte A.C.,National Health Research Institute | Lopes de Carvalho I.,National Health Research Institute | And 8 more authors.
Parasitology Research | Year: 2016

Wild birds are common hosts of ticks and can transport them for long distances, contributing to the spreading of tick-borne pathogens. The information about ticks on birds and tick-borne pathogens in Greece is limited. The present study aimed to evaluate the prevalence and species of ticks infesting wild resident birds (mostly small passerines) in Greece, and to assess Borrelia and Rickettsia infection in the collected ticks. Detection of Borrelia burgdorferi s.l. was performed by nested PCR targeting the flaB gene. Rickettsia spp. were detected by PCR targeting the gltA and ompA genes. Seven (2 %) out of 403 birds examined in northern Greece in 2013 were infested with 15 ticks, identified as Ixodes frontalis, Ixodes acuminatus, Hyalomma marginatum, Hyalomma aegyptium and Hyalomma sp. All ticks were negative for Borrelia spp. while four of them were positive for rickettsiae (Rickettsia aeschlimannii in H. aegyptium and Rickettsia sp. in I. frontalis, H. aegyptium and H. marginatum). Ixodes acuminatus is reported for the first time in Greece and Sylvia borin is reported as a new host record for I. acuminatus. © 2016 Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg


PubMed | University of Coimbra, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Forest Research Institute, National Health Research Institute and 2 more.
Type: Journal Article | Journal: Parasitology research | Year: 2016

Wild birds are common hosts of ticks and can transport them for long distances, contributing to the spreading of tick-borne pathogens. The information about ticks on birds and tick-borne pathogens in Greece is limited. The present study aimed to evaluate the prevalence and species of ticks infesting wild resident birds (mostly small passerines) in Greece, and to assess Borrelia and Rickettsia infection in the collected ticks. Detection of Borrelia burgdorferi s.l. was performed by nested PCR targeting the flaB gene. Rickettsia spp. were detected by PCR targeting the gltA and ompA genes. Seven (2%) out of 403 birds examined in northern Greece in 2013 were infested with 15 ticks, identified as Ixodes frontalis, Ixodes acuminatus, Hyalomma marginatum, Hyalomma aegyptium and Hyalomma sp. All ticks were negative for Borrelia spp. while four of them were positive for rickettsiae (Rickettsia aeschlimannii in H. aegyptium and Rickettsia sp. in I. frontalis, H. aegyptium and H. marginatum). Ixodes acuminatus is reported for the first time in Greece and Sylvia borin is reported as a new host record for I. acuminatus.


Dimaki M.,Antikythera Bird Observatory | Dimaki M.,Hellenic Bird Ringing Center | Alivizatos H.,Hellenic Bird Ringing Center
Journal of Natural History | Year: 2015

The aim of this study is to describe the phenology of migration and biometrics of the turtle dove Streptopelia turtur in Greece, based on ringing studies on Antikythera Island. Spring passage takes place between early April and late May and autumn passage between early and late September. There is no significant difference in either wing length or tarsus length between adults and juveniles. Males have significantly greater wing length. There is no significant difference in tarsus length between the two sexes. © 2014, © 2014 Taylor & Francis.


Dimaki M.,Antikythira Bird Observatory | Dimaki M.,Hellenic Bird Ringing Center | Alivizatos H.,Hellenic Bird Ringing Center
Ringing and Migration | Year: 2011

The aim of this study was to describe the phenology of migration, biometrics and fat storage of the Red-breasted Flycatcher Ficedula parva in Greece, based on mist-netting studies on Antikythira Island. The data suggest that autumn passage takes place between early September and late October. Most birds that arrived on the island were carrying moderate fat reserves and only paused on Antikythira between nocturnal flights. © 2011 British Trust for Ornithology.

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