Helminth fauna of migratory waterfowl ducks and geese in Hokersar wetland of Kashmir, India


  • Muzaffar Rasool Mir Department of Zoology, Faculty of Biological Sciences, University of Kashmir
  • Shamim Ahmad Dar Department of Zoology Govt Degree College, Sogam Kupwara, Kashmir
  • Ghulam Mustafa Shah Ex Professor and Head Department of Zoology, University of Kashmir
  • Ulfat Jan Ex Professor and Head Department of Zoology, University of Kashmir




Helminth fauna, Waterfowl, Prevalence, Hokersar


The present study was carried out to determine the prevalence of gastrointestinal helminths in migratory waterfowl- ducks and geese in the Hokersar wetland of Kashmir. For this purpose 18 dead migratory waterfowl (Mallards, Gadwall, Common Teal, Northern Pintail, Northern Shoveler and Graylag Geese) were collected from various sites in Hokersar wetland for necroscopic examination. The overall prevalence of helminthiasis was 55.55%. The gastrointestinal helminths isolated were Notocotylus attenutus (16.66%), Paryphostomum radiatum (5.55%), Capillaria anatis (16.66%) and Epomidostomum anattinum (5.55%) and Hymenolepis abortive (11.11%). Incidence with respect to host and gender was also recorded during the present study.


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How to Cite

Mir, M. R., Ahmad Dar, S., Mustafa Shah, G., & Jan, U. (2023). Helminth fauna of migratory waterfowl ducks and geese in Hokersar wetland of Kashmir, India. Sustainability and Biodiversity Conservation, 2(2), 12–19. https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.7754051