TABLE 1.

List of birds captured in Slovakia and the Czech Republic and prevalence of their infestation with I. ricinus ticks

Bird speciesaNo. of birds infested/no. capturedNo. of larvaeNo. of nymphs
Aegithalos caudatus (Linnaeus, 1758) (long-tailed tit)0/8
Certhia familiaris (Linnaeus, 1758) (Eurasian treecreeper)0/6
Prunella modularis (Linnaeus, 1758) (dunnock)b,c5/61664
Garrulus glandarius (Linnaeus, 1758) (Eurasian jay)b,d2/2127
Emberiza cia (Linnaeus, 1758) (rock bunting)1/310
Emberiza citrinella (Linnaeus, 1758) (yellowhammer)d2/6310
Carduelis carduelis (Linnaeus, 1758) (European goldfinch)0/1
Carduelis chloris (Linnaeus, 1758) (European greenfinch)0/3
Coccothraustes coccothraustes (Linnaeus, 1758) (hawfinch)b15/233345
Fringilla coelebs (Linnaeus, 1758) (chaffinch)b8/207221
Serinus serinus (Linnaeus, 1758) (serin)1/101
Hirundo rustica (Linnaeus, 1758) (barn swallow)0/6
Lanius collurio (Linnaeus, 1758) (red-backed shrike)2/903
Anthus trivialis (Linnaeus, 1758) (tree pipit)1/110
Ficedula albicollis (Temminck, 1815) (collared flycatcher)0/2
Muscicapa striata (Pallas, 1764) (spotted flycatcher)1/601
Parus caeruleus (Linnaeus, 1758) (blue tit)4/1608
Parus major (Linnaeus, 1758) (great tit)b,d29/1474137
Parus montanus (Baldenstein, 1824) (willow tit)1/534
Parus palustris (Linnaeus, 1758) (marsh tit)8/2246
Parus ater (Linnaeus, 1758) (coal tit)c3/1451
Passer domesticus (Linnaeus, 1758) (house sparrow)1/101
Passer montanus (Linnaeus, 1758) (Eurasian tree sparrow)0/2
Dendrocopos major (Linnaeus, 1758) (great spotted woodpecker)0/5
Picus canus (Gmelin, 1788) (gray-headed woodpecker)0/1
Sitta europaea (Linnaeus, 1758) (nuthatch)d8/19146
Acrocephalus palustris (Bechstein, 1798) (marsh warbler)1/602
Phylloscopus collybita (Vieillost, 1817) (chiffchaff)d3/822
Phylloscopus sibilatrix (Bechstein, 1793) (wood warbler)0/1
Regulus regulus (Linnaeus, 1758) (goldcrest)0/1
Sylvia atricapilla (Linnaeus, 1758) (blackcap)b,d16/601819
Sylvia borin (Boddaert, 1783) (garden warbler)0/1
Sylvia communis (Latham, 1787) (common whitethroat)0/1
Sylvia curruca (Linnaeus, 1758) (lesser whitethroat)3/322
Sylvia nisoria (Bechstein, 1795) (barred warbler)1/201
Troglodytes troglodytes (Linnaeus, 1758) (winter wren)0/1
Erithacus rubecula (Linnaeus, 1758) (European robin)b,d24/4511825
Luscinia megarhynchos (Brehm, 1831) (nightingale)6/789
Turdus merula (Linnaeus, 1758) (blackbird)b,d26/31148390
Turdus philomelos (Brehm, 1831) (song thrush)b,d22/27130185
Total194/529620870
  • a Bird species with no mark were captured in Slovakia only.

  • b Bird species with Borrelia-infected ticks.

  • c Bird species captured in the Czech Republic only.

  • d Bird species captured in Slovakia and the Czech Republic also.