Capillaria is also known locally as ‘Alfarsa worms’ – capillaria is an internal parasite with lengths varying between 1 – 5cm. The infection leads to the formation of a whitish membrane in the oesophagus and gullet. Those parasites are also present in the mouth, pharynx, oesophagus and bowels, the symptoms may resemble that of different diseases like Trichomoniasis, other fungal diseases and vitamin A deficiency.
Humid and mild weather help keeps the worm’s eggs infectious. Earth worms act as a transporting host for the disease to the healthy falcons.
Diagnosis is achieved by microscopic examination of the falcon’s faeces, which may show the distinguished worm’s eggs.
Prevention and Control
Treatment is possible with using different anti-parasitic drugs like Ivermectin and Moxidectin.