Occurrence of the medicinal leech (Hirudo medicinalis) in birds’ nests

  title={Occurrence of the medicinal leech (Hirudo medicinalis) in birds’ nests},
  author={Paweł Buczyński and Grzegorz Tończyk and Aleksander Bielecki and Joanna Maria Cichocka and Ignacy Kitowski and Grzegorz Grzywaczewski and Rafał Krawczyk and Marek Nieoczym and Aleksandra Jabłońska and Joanna Pakulnicka and Edyta Buczyńska},
Occurrence and breeding of Hirudo medicinalis were recorded in birds’ nests in the fishing ponds and water bodies used extensively by anglers in south-eastern Poland, in 4 of 11 studied bird species (Circus aeruginosus, Fulica atra, Cygnus olor, Chroicocephalus ridibundus). Factors important for the distribution and density of this leech were: nest height, pH of the water and oxygen concentration in the water inside the nests, the body-length of the nesting birds. Our data show that (1) H… CONTINUE READING
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