AVIAN parasitic nematodes are most frequently found within the gastrointestinal system although a number of species show a predilection for other parts of the body such as the air sacs (Serratospiculum species), trachea (Syngamus trachea, Cyathostoma species), sinuses (Cyathostoma species) or central nervous system (Baylisascaris species). Methods of control in captive birds vary depending on the husbandry requirements of the host species and the life cycle of the nematode. This article briefly reviews relevant diagnostic techniques and discusses the basic principles of nematode control in captive birds.
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