Lizziebits1's picture

Was this from a bird?

Observed: 5th February 2011 By: Lizziebits1

It was a flat bug type thing and immediately I thought it may be a 'louse' from a bird as we found a dying swift last year and this had similar on it. I am unable to find a picture to match and can't seem to find a word that will be picked up in the search option. It was brownish grey, not smooth and about the size of my little finger nail and oval-ish in shape. I was unable to get a photo.


No identification made yet.

Species interactions

No interactions present.


Martin Harvey's picture

bird parasites

The insect on the dying swift may have been one of the flies in family Hippoboscidae, several of which are associated with birds. There are some images at:

Entomologist and biological recorder

bobthebirder's picture

bird parasites

Swifts and swallows (and martins) carry a very heavy load of both flies and ticks. Any of these birds you find will have a number of them in its feathers. This is the down-side of having short beak and legs - great for aerodynamics but rubbish at getting unwanted visitors out of your feathers.

Bob Ford