Two hundred eighteen and 127 wild waterfowl (Anatidae) of five species were sampled from the Kellogg Biological Station area (Michigan, USA) during the summer (1 June to 24 August 1995) and fall (9 September to 8 October 1995), respectively. Twelve (6%) of those sampled in summer and 13 (11%) sampled in the fall were infected with hemosporids. Haemoproteus nettionis, Haemoproteus greineri, and Leucocytozoon simondi infected both summer and fall birds, with H. nettionis the most common (4% summer; 7% fall). Mean intensities were low; the highest mean intensity was 4.6 ± 1.1 gametocytes per 5,000 uninfected erythrocytes for H. nettionis in summer. Of 123 local waterfowl, none were infected with any blood parasite. Thirty-five captive year-round resident waterfowl also were sampled and no blood parasites were found.
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