Parasitology

Parasitology

Carnid Fly Life History and Zoonoses

Carnid flies are common, especially on birds that nest in tree hollows. For example, wood peckers, flickers etc. They are well equipped at hiding in skin folds, under the wings, legs and necks. They feed on the host’s blood, with their abdomen able to expand to great sizes. As adults they will drop the last half of their wings once they find a host.

Zoonosis Risk: Low.

Carnid flies may spread to other hosts in wildlife rehabilitation.