Species category: Mites
Scientific Name: Ornithonyssus
Found all over the world, including India.
These mites spend most of their life either on or very near to the host. They will mostly be found under the bird’s feathers until the infestation numbers swell to the point where the mites are knocked off into the nest and need to search further afield for a new host. They can survive adverse conditions when no host is available.
For Birds, it can be more serious, if the infestation is very large, the bird can become weakened by this parasite. If the infestation is not treated, it could be fatal for the bird.