Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Chicken with Sticktight Fleas

I saw these chickens in a rural area in Ethiopia. First, I thought the chickens have black feathers around the head, but then I recognized they have a drastic parasite infestation. The parasite is the Sticktight Flea (Echidnophaga gallinacean) also known as hen fleas. They attach themselves with the animal similar to a tick. 

Chicken with Sticktight Flea (Echidnophaga gallinacean)

Chicken with Sticktight Flea (Echidnophaga gallinacean)

Chicken with Sticktight Flea (Echidnophaga gallinacean)

1 comment:

  1. Thats a bit grim - but even a flea has to make a living!

    Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

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