a wingless insect associated with group Mallophaga, which the genera and species have become many and mainly parasitic upon wild birds. -- Bird mite (Zoöl.), a little mite (genera Dermanyssus, Dermaleichus and allies) parasitic upon wild birds. The types are wide ranging.
original of lice which infest the plumage of wild birds.
wingless insect with mouth components adapted for biting; mostly parasitic on wild birds