MITES AND RAPTORS

 

                                           

                       

Birds of prey host many mites, some harmful, some harmless, some beneficial.  These mites include feather mites, quill mites, skin mites, and respiratory mites.  This website provides an overview of these varied raptor mites, with a host-parasite checklist for mites of the Accipitriformes and Falconiformes and Strigiformes of the world.  Owls tend to have the greatest variety of raptor mites and both owls and eagles often host large numbers of mites.  Hawks tend to have fewer mites and falcons very few.

This website was created by James R. Philips, Assoc. Prof. Science, Babson College, Babson Park MA 02457-0310, who is solely responsible for its content.  All photos are copyright J. Philips and may not be used or reproduced without permission.  Thanks go to G. Duke, P. Redig., and M. Martell of The Raptor Center at the Univ. Minnesota, D. Rose of Idaho Fish and Game, and W. Crawford of The World Bird Sanctuary for providing birds or mites for study; to D. Dindal and R. A. Norton of the S.U.N.Y. College of Environmental Science and Forestry, to R. E. Parker, and to Babson College for hosting this site.  This website was last updated 17 Dec  2013.  The author may be contacted at philips@babson.edu.