Avian ticks

Avian ticks

Observation - Avian ticks - UK and Ireland. Description: Having just returned from Scotland, I have developed a hate hate relationship with these creatures. These two were found on a dead sparrow this morning. There seems to be several avian tick species and I would appreciate an id from someone in the know.

Having just returned from Scotland, I have developed a hate hate relationship with these creatures. These two were found on a dead sparrow this morning. There seems to be several avian tick species and I would appreciate an id from someone in the know. It seems strange to me that ticks that use smaller avian hosts are similar in size to those using much larger mammals ie. sheep and deer and humans !